Finding pleasure in plates is one of life's little joys: collecting them, displaying them, and even, perhaps, serving dinner on them. They offer an enticing range of colors, patterns, and border designs - something to please every taste. And please Mary Engelbreit they do. Here she shares one of her greatest enthusiasms, offering in more than 50 photographs a selection of some of her favorites, and providing a delightful primer in collecting and displaying plates. From the bold colors of Fiestaware and the delicate glaze of lusterware to the intricate scenes printed on transferware, this book embraces the far-ranging world of plates, whose pleasures are just as satisfying in one or two beautifully crafted pieces as in an extensive collection. Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion is the decorating magazine produced by Mary Engelbreit, the preeminent artist in America today. Her artwork is licensed to appear on products as diverse as greeting cards, calendars, books, and home accents. The fervor of her devoted fans and the public's familiarity with her original style led People magazine to call her "the Norman Rockwell of the nineties. "She lives in St. Louis with her husband and two sons. Author Vitta Poplar is a contributing editor to Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion.