Feast gear: beyond the thriftstore wooden plate
by Senhora Rafaella d’Allemtejo, GdS, JdL
Acorn War AS XXXVII (Aug. 2002)
Class description: Come have an informal chat and look at pictures of dishes and utensils from many cultures that can move you beyond that old wooden plate you picked up in A.S. dirt (or maybe just last month) at your local thriftstore. We'll look at shopping for modern equivalents that won't break the bank and decorating tips to make your setting at upcoming feasts the envy of all around you. (2pm, 1hr)
Finding the right Feast gear very much ties into persona research. Are you: Noble? Rich? Middleclass? Poor? What materials were used in your geographic area? What items were imported from abroad? What’s the story behind the items in your feast gear? Were they: presents, hand-me-downs, inheritances, saved-for-special-purchases? Are you at home, visiting friends, on pilgrimage, on campaign?
Materials: The major materials to consider are:
Wood, Ceramic/Pottery, Glass, Metal (gold, silver, pewter), Leather, Horn and Bone.
Biblical/epic tale themes.
Basic designs: geometric, animal, flora.
No such thing as a “matching” set of dishes. Patterns were close but not exact. Handmade!
Decorating: Start with Cheapie stoneware or glass: cheap white stoneware dish set at Walgreens, 50c to $1 each piece.
Use Pebeo Porcelaine or Liquitex Glossies “fire in your oven” decorating paints (on glass or ceramic). Available at Michaels, ArtMedia, and Aaron Bros., etc. Acrylic paints can be used on non-food portions of wood (depending on the finish).
Use your badge/sigil to mark the bottoms of dishes so they find their way home after group cleaning.
Minimum SCA feast gear commitment:
Spoon (metal or wood or horn)
Cup/mug, wood or ceramic (for hot or cold drinks)
Bowl/Plate combination dish, wood
Carrying mechanism (cloth sack or basket)
Other items to include in your feast gear basket:
Resealable baggies/containers for leftovers
Small battery flashlight
The Compleat Medievalist feast gear collection:
Spoon (soup spoon shape)
Fork (if persona appropriate)
Metal goblet for cold drinks
Ceramic mug/goblet for hot drinks
Glass goblet for alcoholic drinks
Cup/bowl dish for desserts
Bowl for soups/pottages
Wooden plate for outdoor events
Ceramic or Glass plate for indoor events
Orts (waste) bowl
Spices in divers containers
Aquamanile (hand washing container), bowl for catching water, drying towel
Candles & enclosed flame candleholders
Feast basket for indoor events
Feast basket for outdoor events
Don’t forget artisans (both local and faraway [Internet]) who make these items. Most would love to do custom designs tailored to your persona. Barter and trade are wonderful ways to acquire feast gear.