Founded in Istanbul in Turkey by three close friends, Bilge, Sibel and Saime, Kapka make handmade, hand-painted enamelware dishes, bowls, plates and teapots, taking a retro material and giving it a modern update. The range includes pastel pink and baby blue tumblers, bowls, plates, cups and sauce dishes; a range of tableware in Jackson Pollock-like splashes in sea-blues, turquoise and ochre; and floral round and oval serving dishes in pesto green, violet and squid ink black. Pieces are available to buy online at Hipicon.com.
Enamelware is a centuries-old material that is durable, lightweight and suitable for outdoor and indoor use. Kapka enamelware is especially stylish and chic – each piece is hand-made and hand-painted. And if the enamelware that you find at kitchenalia auctions or on Etsy is anything to go by, it will last a lifetime. (The large enamel underplate, designed as a charger to sit under a dinner plate can also be used as a large serving dish – it would look marvellous spilling over with couscous.) Our picture shows the Floral Madness Plate at €11.90. Each of the dishes and plates are roomy and robust and they look like expensive ceramic dishes at first glance – until you pick them up you won’t even know they are made of enamel (though you will in a few years when you still have them and all your china plates are broken!).
At a time when people are trying to save the environment, enamel dishes are a solid long-term prospect because they can take a knock without breaking; they are freezer-proof and can be used for everyone including children (they’ll love the colours and they can’t break it unlike pottery or ceramic delph). You can’t microwave them as they are metal (obviously) but you can reheat a plate of food in the oven and freeze them with a pie or dinner ready to be defrosted or baked in the oven.
Buy Kapka pieces from Hipicon.com who ship to Ireland and all over the world. (Shipping to Ireland costs €8.50.)
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