Creating beautiful tablescapes is an art that combines functionality, flow, and style. Dinnerware is often relegated to a neutral backdrop and other elements take center stage.
Not so with Azulina Ceramics, dinnerware and servingware hand-painted by artisan women in Colombia and bursting with bright, happy colors and designs. Their craft dates back over 100 years, and about three-and-a-half years ago, Houston-native Melissa Moriarty became enchanted with the style.
Moriarty moved to Medellín, Colombia, in the fall of 2011 and while living there, a friend told her about a small town known for its hand-painted ceramics, about 90 minutes outside the city.
“One day, when I was on the hunt for the perfect wedding gift, I drove out to the town, El Carmen de Viboral, and found a treasure trove of gorgeous blue and white ceramics,” Moriarty said. “The light bulb went off and I almost immediately came up with the idea to setup a business to sell the pottery in the U.S. I just knew that I couldn’t be the only one who would fall in love with the ceramics.”
I asked Moriarty about creating the perfect tablescape and to tell us the story of these lovely ceramics. She’s got great tips and a fascinating story!