I just use some layered towels and colorful fabrics to soak up the water from the clean dishes. I change the cloth frequently.
We like to support local artists as much as we can, and one way we can afford that is to use dishes, plates, bowls and cups made by local ceramics artists. Like George McCauley, Sarah Jaegar and Richard Swanson.
If you click on the photo, there are scads of "notes" about the many elements in this pic. If you're interested. It's part of a set, kindof a tour of our house, inside and outside. I put the album together from mostly photos I took today, but added a few from the summer so you can see the garden.