The ones we bought the other day are not fine ceramic or bone china or anything like that, just simple pieces of pottery, but their attraction is in the hand-painted decorative work. I think you'll agree when you see them that they are entirely appropriate for me!
One of them has Chillis, Onions and Garlic motifs:
The other has Tomatoes:
I'll show them to you again, this time loaded with relevant food items, harvested from my own garden:
You see, you can hardly tell the motif from the contents!
While I'm on the subject of ceramics, I want also to show you another item acquired in Austria (many years ago).
It is a piece of Gmundner Keramik (i.e. ceramic from Gmunden) in its distinctive green-and-white colour scheme. This is a "Tischabfalle", literally "table-rubbish" [which is naturally enough what we call it in our household!]. It's about twice the size of a coffee-mug. It's a receptacle in which to put all the debris that accumulates at the breakfast / dinner table, such as used teabags, eggshells, disposable jam pots, butter-wrappers etc. I think these are really useful things, and we ought to see them in use in every British hotel and restaurant, just as they are in Austria and Germany.