stepping up to the plate with jimbobart


Confession: I am obsessed with have a penchant for dishes.

Oh, you noticed?ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

I especially love novelty china and porcelain with drawings and words on them. Food simply tastes better on cool plates, in cheeky bowls, and sipped from nifty cups. Beautiful handcut crystal usually leaves me cold. But give me a fetching illustrated ceramic plate and I’m all yours. Yes to color, pattern, detail, and personality!


Several months ago, I was delighted to discover JimboBart, featuring the work of London-based artist/designer James Ward. I saw his “Eats Cake and Leaves” side plate on Liberty of London’s Pinterest board and was immediately hooked.

He mostly likes to draw cheeky animals paired with clever sayings. While Cornelius and I are crazy enamoured with his BEARS, we also covet his badgers, mice, foxes, penguins, and owls.

Seriously, how could you not love an artist who draws a big bear in a bathtub?

Etsy invited Jim to illustrate this bathtub as part of his Clerkenwell Design Week display.


Love the cool raccoon with the bowtie.

Since I don’t have any immediate plans to go to London, I’m happy that Jim sells his work via Etsy. He sells both illustrated plates (hand applied decals) as well as hand drawn plates (original artwork drawn directly onto a plate using specific on-glaze ink). Choose from 8″ side plates, serving platters or stacking mugs.













Not into tableware (perish the thought!)? Jim also sells wonderful limited edition archival prints. A few favorites:





Check out Jim’s Etsy Shop for more. Any of his pieces would make a great holiday gift for your hungry-as-a-bear friends or relatives.ย  Just step up to the plate!

P.S. Just for you, Barb:




Copyright ยฉ 2013 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

25 thoughts on “stepping up to the plate with jimbobart

  1. As a tea drinker, I love that pot! I’m also quite enamored of the cake crusader. I’m heading over now to add to my Christmas wish list, as hubby always needs ideas!

    Thanks for sharing, Jama!


      1. Now, Jama, who WOULDN’T want to live in your cozy kitchen? Seems like there’s always something tasty coming out of the oven over there, and then of course there’s the excellent company. Not to mention Cornelius . . .


    1. I would LOVE to have that bathtub!! Of course, if either of us had mucho bucks, we could commission James to paint one for us. Wait a minute — you like to paint. Get to work!


  2. My, how you conspire to drain my wallet and fill my home with creative delights!

    I was weak in the knees when I spied the tiny mouse with its hula hoop. “Will perform for cakes” LOL!


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