Who says serving dishes and platters have to be utilitarian? It’s so much better when they express a bit of artistic flair, show off your personal style and complement your table decor.
I visited Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery in New Bern, NC and thoroughly enjoyed studying the one-of-a-kind ceramics and wood creations that will do so much to enhance a dinner table.
This lovely shop is owned by artists Janet and Michael Francoeur and sells their own work plus the work of over 300 well-known artists and craftsmen. As they write, “For 24 years we’ve showcased art you’ll love and use — every day. We’re open seven days a week. Come find out how easy it is to fall in love.”
In addition to original art and ceramic, wood, and metal serving ware, the shop also sells an assortment of paper goods and personal care treats. Visit to find wedding cups, peppermint candy ornaments, pewter chowder spoons, and a bottle stopper Claddagh.
I absolutely love my travel tin Library candles by Paddywax. I bought the Austen with gardenia, tuberose, and jasmine fragrance notes, and the Dickinson, scented with lavender and cassis. Perfect to pack for stuffy hotel rooms while you’re on the road for your next culinary adventure!
317-A Pollock Street
New Bern, NC 28560