Through the 18th and 19th centuries, there was no more important place in the household than the dinner table.
How many of us have discussed our hopes, dreams, problems and daily routines at the dinner table? The answer would be, most of us, but over time, things have changed. The number of times we’ve sat at the dinner table with our families has dwindled to a few times a week, but one Atlanta company is looking to bring back the nightly “dinner table” talks we all know and love.
Atlanta-based, online store, Catherine’s Table, sells tableware and accessories made by 29 artists across the U.S. It also serves a cause as a portion of all proceeds is donated to Meals on Wheels.
Maureen Goldman of Atlanta is the founder and she had a number of things in mind when forming Catherine’s Table.
“Catherine’s Table grew from an interest in comforting people and wanting to turn that feeling into an enterprise. We began with the whole house, calling it Comfort Goods. We ended up at the table. Many of the most meaningful conversations with our children, Matt and Emma, take place at our table, punctuated by pottery. When I think about comfort, soul, expressing love through craft, I think about the table. It is absolutely the place for us to be.”
It’s also about showcasing some incredible works of art that you can buy.
From salad plates to cupcake stands to casserole dishes, Catherine’s Table has something for every taste. All at great prices and helping Meals on Wheels in the process.
“Our tableware and tabletop accessories are made by artists all across America,” adds Goldman. “Formally, it’s called functional art for dining, but I see it as unique and beautiful tableware that showcases your meals and gives your table soul.”
Goldman hopes her passion will rub off on others in the Atlanta area and around the world.
“My incredible Aunt Kay is the namesake for Catherine’s Table. In addition to parenting her five children, she was a mom to many of her nieces and nephews. She taught me how to sew, iron, shuck corn, slice a tomato, and churn butter. By example, she showed me how to be a gracious hostess. She set a light-hearted and artful table. Her love and enthusiasm lifted everyone and indelibly bound us to her.”
Hopefully is will bring back the intimacy of the “dinner table” in America.
Check out Catherine’s Table here.