Who says your collection of antique American stoneware is only meant to look pretty? You can put your antique stoneware collection to work in your home in a wide variety of ways. Some people prefer to be surrounded by pretty things but want their objects to have practical purposes, too. After all, these things that have survived long enough to become antiques were often built for specific purposes. While people do not need butter crocks today, that doesn't mean they can't be useful in your home. These are a few creative ways to put your collection, large or small, of antique American stoneware to work in your home.
Use Antique American Stoneware Crocks as Kitchen Utensil Holders
Think of all the drawer space you could save in your kitchen by transforming your antique stoneware crocks into utensil holders. You can even designate individual crocks for specific utensils, using several crocks to hold:
- Wooden utensils
- Rolling pins (if you are fortunate enough to have larger crocks)
It is a great design element to bring into your kitchen, and these stoneware crocks offer practical purposes at the same time.
Take Your Stoneware Crocks to the Home Office
Smaller stoneware crocks, often used for butter in the past, can be practical in the home office for more than simple décor. They make great holders for pencils and pens. They are also quite heavy — enough so to serve as highly effective paperweights. Larger antique stoneware crocks make excellent umbrella holders. Because they are watertight, you don't need to worry about the water from the umbrellas leaking onto your office floors. If you entertain clients in your home office, it can be the perfect solution for rainy days.
Organize Your Craft Room With Antique Stoneware
Smaller antique American stoneware crocks can be ideal for holding knitting needles, crochet hooks, and similar craft supplies. Larger crocks can help you store overflow yarn, ribbons, and other crafting supplies. It helps your room look organized without an overly modern feel.
If you want to bring more of these stunning antique American stoneware pieces into your home, they are also great choices to serve as vases for fresh-cut flowers as well as for dried or silk floral arrangements. Some people use them as décor and for various practical purposes as well. The key is to find the right balance that allows you to use your beautiful antique American stoneware collection practically while still managing to showcase their beauty.