It began in Hanoi in 2019. We were touring ceramic factories, and Sam and I got badly smitten with coffee cups. Factories don't really sell retail but our tour guide was friends with the owner, and he made an exception.
Several months later, it happened again. In Japan. We were browsing through the dinnerware section of a department store in Kyoto, some bowls and plates were on sale and I couldn't resist. They weren't exactly cheap but I got a lot of encouragement from my daughters, and... Well, let's just say that, two weeks later, as we were checking in at the airport for our flight home, my luggage weighed too much because there were ceramic bowls inside.
By May, 2020, I was into solid acacia wood bowls.
It's more than a year later, and I have a collection of Nordic style dinnerware in so many colors. My collection of Japanese and Vietnamese ceramic plates and saucers is even bigger.
My husband wondered when the buying would stop. I said never.
He asked if I didn't have enough plates. I said one can never have enough plates.
It's not for display. Not in the China cabinet sense anyway. I use them. For the food photos in the blogs. That's my reason (or excuse, maybe?) for starting the collection in the first place. So, it's more like business investment.