It Turns Out, Your Pot Holders Don’t Have to Be Ugly

Lauren Joseph
·2 min read

I’m proud of my slightly-scorched Le Creuset, scrubbed clean with Bar Keepers Friend so vigorously that I consider it part of my arm workout. I look at my collection of mismatched glassware fondly. Hell, even my stack of (somewhat) charmingly frayed kitchen linens evoke a kind of weird cook’s pride in me. You know what never inspires pride? My pot holders. Like seemingly everyone else’s, mine are ugly. They’re quilted and utilitarian, and I haven’t replaced them in a decade. When I bought them, I surveyed the color and design options, all of which were bad: a sort of medical blue, red, or gray. The only prints were terrible, or striped.

In truth, I’d given up on ever having attractive pot holders, until somehow an Etsy browse led me to these gorgeous Liberty printed ones—and then I spent too much time thinking about why I needed them.

It got me wondering: Why don’t we care as much about how our pot holders look, compared to, say, our dish towels? Like any home cook, I have been given a half dozen or so pretty dish towels as gifts over the past decade. You know, that obviously-purchased-at-the-airport one, that thoughtful-host-gift one. But the truth is, I don’t really use those attractive dish towels for anything but drying my hands. My dish towels are prone to wear; they’re the workhorses of my kitchen—and they sure look it. I buy them in bulk, unsentimentally, with only an eye for absorption and cost.

Pot holders, on the other hand…they’re mostly safe from the mess of a kitchen. It’s not wild to think that you could have an attractive pair—even a pair in an intricate floral from tony 146-year-old Liberty—and keep them in fine shape. After all, you don’t use them to scrub messes. You only use them to briefly grab onto something hot and, hopefully, muck-free.

And beautiful pot holders are versatile: These are good-looking enough to carry to the dining room table and use as a trivet. And for your shiny, scrubbed-clean Dutch oven, of course.

Liberty of London Pot Holder

$14.00, Etsy

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Liberty of London Pot Holder

$15.00, Etsy

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Liberty of London Pot Holder

$15.00, Etsy

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Liberty of London Pot Holder and Oven Mitt

$40.00, Etsy

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Originally Appeared on Epicurious