Beyond white:

Keep the main course plates plain, but consider mixing and matching dishes for soup, salad and desserts to enliven table settings and add color to an otherwise bland tableau.

By Marianne Rohrlich

The New York times (may require subscription)

Creativity to cash:

Artists find income source through licensing their work on everything from plates, cups and textiles to popcorn tins, but success requires flexibility and understanding of market needs, experts say.

By Elizabeth Lazarowitz

New York Daily News 2007-08-06