Imagine what the world would be like without plates! It has not been that long, historically speaking, that people could afford to own and use pottery plates to hold their dinners.
In Medieval Europe, people used their fingers or large chunks of bread to carry food from a large communal wooden slab (the trencher) to their mouths. Later, the rich began using metal plates made of gold and silver. As trade opened up to Asia, porcelain dishes took over from the sets made of precious metals. Only later still could the average person afford to buy plates made of pottery.
Celebrate your ability to not only use, but make plates, platters, and other serving dishes!
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