Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Women who create beautiful tableware: Tracy Porter

(above: Sweet Cecily dinnerware collection, Tracy Porter)

Tracy Porter, a Wisconsin native, started a hand-painted furniture business with her husband
out of the chicken coop of their Midwestern farm. She is a self-taught artist. She is not
formally educated in design. Instead of going to college, she moved to Europe for two
years to model, which exposed her to so many cultures and opened her eyes to the possibilities
of design which enabled her to hone in on her own design ideas.

(l to r: Lemon Chiffon dinnerware; Vivre dinnerware; Horchow)

I have always been a fan of Tracy Porter's work and for the last two days I've been enjoying
the two-part interview that my friend Ronda over at "All The Best" had with Tracy and her
husband John. Make sure you check it out!

(above: Auguste Coq dinnerware collection, Tracy Porter)

"Dream with Your Eyes Open", that's Tracy's philosophy. Each of her tableware pieces are
inspired by color, music, texture and smell to awaken the senses. Her dinnerware, glassware
and accessories emphasize the casual trend, the mix-and-match concept and the handcrafted

(l to r: Artesian dinnerware; Corvina dinnerware; Horchow)

Tracy Porter's studio is located on her farm in Princeton, WI. Even though the Porters still
live on a farm, the business has certainly moved out of the coop. The Tracey Porter Home
Collection has expanded vastly since its early beginning. Today it includes bathtubs, area
rugs and other products.

Her tableware can be found at Horchow and online at Tracy Porter's website.


People St.Clair said...

Great Post! you know I'm a Tracy Porter fan. I love the colors and the combinations of patterns--so lovely.

Martha said...

Thanks for the information on Tracy her work!

Martha B.

Dawn said...

Sarah, this is why your blog is my daily fix! I had not heard of Tracy Porter until today, her work is beautiful. Great post!

Sarah Dennis said...

Hey Natasha, thanks for stopping by! Of course I know you're a Tracy fan. You love color and you love "Pretty Things" so loving Tracy Porter Home is a given. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. If you didn't check out Ronda's interview of Tracy, make sure you do so, it's very inspiring!

Sarah Dennis said...

Hi Martha, so glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by.

Sarah Dennis said...

Aaaah Dawn, thanks so much for taking time to visit me "daily". I'm blushin'! I'm an addict when it comes to tableware and tablesettings - - - T&T is my fix. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who aspires to have a well-dressed table. Welcome to the club!

ALL THE BEST said...

Thanks for the mention Sarah! I just adore Tracy and her dinnerware!!

Jessica N. Condatore said...

people who don't like Tracy Porter are just silly. Her jewelry is gorgeous, too.