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Crazed. What does it mean? Read on…

While Oxford’s first definition is:

crazed /krāzd/


  1. insane or wildly out of control.

Similar: mad - insane - out of one’s mind - deranged - demented - certifiable

The second is:

  1. (of porcelain) characterized by a network of fine cracks in the glaze.

Welcome back to another exciting episode of “Between 2 Plates” with your hosts, Alfred and Kim! In today’s installment, they’re diving deep into the intriguing world of crazing on china pieces. 🍽️

Crazing: The Unseen Imperfection

Crazing is like that subtle wrinkle in time—it might not be immediately noticeable, but it certainly tells a story. It’s the fine network of cracks that can appear on the glaze of ceramic or china pieces over time. For some collectors, it’s a quirk that adds character; for others, it’s a deal-breaker.

Typical Crazing. Less noticeable on lighter color china.

Typical Crazing. Less noticeable on lighter color china.

Crazing and the Value Conundrum

What’s fascinating about crazing is its effect on value. On the one hand, it can render certain pieces “inferior” in the eyes of collectors, as they might see it as a flaw. But, and here’s the plot twist, crazing doesn’t necessarily devalue sought-after antique patterns. Some collectors even consider it a mark of authenticity and history.

Rare Ridgways Plate From the 1880’s

Rare Ridgways Plate From the 1880’s

While crazing isn’t “all the craze” some people seek it out if they are looking for a rustic look. Practically speaking, alot of crazed china is strictly used for decorative purposes. As with anything, you would want to exercise caution and not eat off of or heat up crazed tableware.

Dishfunctional’s Eclectic Housewares

Speaking of china, if you’re into unique and eclectic housewares, you’ll love what Dishfunctional has to offer. The inventory is like a treasure hunt through time and style, where you can find both vintage and contemporary pieces that tell their own stories.

And that’s not all! Dishfunctional maintains a gallery of artwork (with and without eyes) that will make your heart’s imagination dance. A collection of artwork that offers a little something for everyone and includes works from local artists.

They say, “Follow your heart’s imagination, not your heart’s desire.” Why, you ask? Because the imagination knows no bounds, while desire might lead you to the fridge at midnight for a questionable snack choice.😉 But hopefully you won’t have eyes following you and creeping you out on the way to the kitchen.😬 So, take a moment to appreciate the quirks in life, like crazing on china and the delightful surprises- including the eclectic collection at Dishfunctional.

“There are three kinds of people: Those who see, those who see when they are shown, and those who cannot see’…” -Leonardo daVinci. But only if you don’t have an oversized magnifying glass like Alfred, I guess.🔍😶‍🌫️😅 Enjoy the latest episode…

That’s a wrap for Episode 3 of Between 2 Plates. Remember, sometimes imperfections are what make life interesting. Until next time, keep exploring the world of unique housewares and let your imagination run wild! 🌟🏺🖼️