The saying  goes "use it or lose it" but in my case it is "use it AND lose it."  I had decided that my lovely inherited chinaware should not just hide in a display cupboard, but be used daily. That way I am more in touch with my ancestral pieces on a daily basis. I neglected to remember how often I drop things due to the arthritis in my hands so was truly bummed when I lost my great grandfather's serving dish last month as it crashed to the floor.

     I knew something had to be done before I lost more precious pieces. I decided to don my arthritis gloves for washing dishes, no matter how creepy it felt to have wet cloth against my hands. I am glad I did.

     These tight-fitting gloves, made by Viva, have, in other instances, stabalized my grip somewhat and just provide a general feeling of comfort during other chores.  I did have to grow accustomed to the feeling of constant wetness (which was odd since that is what we all experience during dishwashing.)  They can be purchased on the following websites:

just to name a few.


     I simply hang them up after use, right along with my dishcloth.  I am happy to report that I have not dropped anything else while using these gloves



  1. I just posted on this subject last week or so. They used lead for all those beautiful old dishes in the paint up until 1971. If there is a crack or chip in the china, get rid of it. If not, don't heat, or put in fridge etc. It's ok to eat off of, but nothing else. Here is the link:

    As for the post. Thanks for the information. Vive the gloves!


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