One thing we constantly do in our homes is eat. We spend countless amounts of time cooking – some playing chef for creative multi-course meals, some eating toast and eggs for dinner more often than not. No matter your culinary confidence, preparing and eating food deserves more decoration and recognition than we tend to give them. And that’s where ceramic tableware comes in.
We can’t always have homemade food, but we can always have handmade dishes and plates. An investment in handmade pottery is a waste we’re quick to call unnecessary, but it’s a purchase we’re bound to use more often than anything else we can add to our homes. Why do we put so much emphasis on the food we eat and much less on what we eat?
In today’s world of mass production, there are very few things that we can still do completely with our own hands. Pottery is one of the oldest crafts in history, and potters are still as busy as ever creating stunning works for the modern home. It’s art you can eat.
So whether you’re serving beef bourguignon to your in-laws, or just making yourself a really good bowl of cereal, treat yourself to plates and dishes that make your food (and your home) more beautiful.
11 Handmade Dishes and Plates for More Instagram-Worthy Meals:
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A gray for every day
These monochrome plates come from Etsy shop golden cookies, and are handmade in Switzerland. What makes these pieces particularly special is that the color is mixed with the porcelain before it is shaped and fired. The plates remain unglazed, giving them a matte, textured surface that is perfect for a simple, minimalist table setting.
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We love the delicate and unique look of these lace ceramic plates by Etsy shop unknown pottery. They are 100% homemade in Moscow and can be customized in a variety of colors and sizes. Plus, the artists will even inscribe the reverse side for free, making it a sweet personalized wedding or housewarming gift. Combined with matching bowls, serving plates, saucers and cheese plates, you’re guaranteed to have the cutest dinnerware out there.
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lines and circles
Geometry may not have been fun in high school, but it can certainly be on your table. each design of unknown potterys It is hand drawn and totally unique. A matte black finish gives these ceramic plates and saucers a fresh look, not overdone. Are we the only ones who see abstract constellations in these pieces? talk about contemporaryplating the universe.
not two watercolor green dessert plates are the same in this beautiful collection of studio suite one. Each piece is touched with a light stroke of watercolor before being fired and glazed for a shine reminiscent of sea glass. The gold rim is the perfect finish on these highly sought after plates. And for good reason, because we can’t think of a dessert that doesn’t look delicious on top of them.
a touch of gold
Do you love the gold trim on the Suite One Studio plates? Then you’re sure to love this delicate ensemble from the American photographer-turned-designer. laura letinsky. The metallic accent looks especially sweet with the organic, uneven shape of the Molosco collection. These plates and bowls are available for sale in a few color options from Artware Editions.
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There are so many things to love about these slab bowls of DB Designs. Made in Brooklyn, New York, where the collections are “produced in small batches in-house overlooking the East River”, They get their unique look from the bright white glaze cast inside them with a subtle red fleck. Along with the natural rim, we’re sure these bowls would make a lovely addition to any table setting and tableware.
A confetti case
These playful mini bowls of studio suite one they’re a whimsical addition to the dinner table, kitchen prep, even a bedroom dresser for earrings and hairpins. They are hand painted with a brushstroke and gold confetti border, satin inside and rough outside. Are they cute because they’re small, or because they look a bit like animal ice cream crackers? It’s up to you.
a blue stripe
Same name, different look. These confetti bowls by japanese design studio Koromiko they are another example of how beautiful abstract brush strokes can look. Hand cast and icing, this blue and white design is so easy on the eyes that the hardest aspect would be deciding what to eat from this bowl first.
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we can’t talk about Koromiko not to mention its iconic colored bowls. Each hand-cast piece is unique, with bright colors that uncannily resemble rainbows and sunsets. With so many variations to choose from, there is one (if not several) for everyone. Beyond being works of art, these bowls are the perfect size for soups and cereals, and above all, for anything that can be eaten from a bowl. Which, honestly, is everything.
wild for the wildflowers
For a modern twist on your grandmother’s Chinese heirloom, enter the wild flower collection by Dorothea Ceramics. Each textured piece is drawn by hand, then carved into the clay before being glazed. This ornate set, which includes a large plate, small plate and bread bowl, would be a welcome addition to any bohemian-inspired table.
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There is nothing more whimsical than this. These handmade animal plates by yvonnellen They come from a studio in Stoke-on-Trent, England. They are made to make a statement and as good a reason as any to prepare a meal that requires two courses. The set is made of bone china with a gold rim. Giraffes not your thing? There is a whole zoo available, from deer to flamingos to whales and more.
Which of these outfits is your favourite? Personally, I love all gilt rimmed plates and dishes. There is something so simple and elegant about them. Let me know what you like best on social media or in the comments below!