Mar 24, 2017

On this set of tableware, hungry badgers, bears in red underwear, and caped foxes crave for cake, cheese, and biscuits, much like humans who prefer their meals plated. These storybook-like sketches set on fine bone china embody Guava Sketches’ philosophy of good design, combining the quotidian and utilitarian with quirky and ecological sensibilities.

Sisters Joan and Jennifer Cantemprate, managers of Guava Sketches, remark, “Just as there are no two pieces [here] that are exactly alike, our consumers are unique with their discerning tastes.” With this Jimbobart set, the Cantemprates were fascinated by the artist’s wit and humor. “There is an element of fun and playfulness in Jimbobart’s tableware that is refreshing. You can’t help but be drawn to it.”

James Ward, the man behind Jimbobart and creator of these quirky creatures, says he delights in knowing that people see themselves in his wildlings. And who wouldn’t, with these caped and masked forest crusaders’ stoic expressions betraying their desire for crumbs? These creatures do not belong in locked display cases. They’re meant to be on the table, filled with good grub—or better yet, in front of diners as hungry as they are.


Jimbobart. Also available at Guava Sketches.

This story was originally published in Northern Living, January 2016.

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