A simple pitcher done properly is the perfect embodiment of good design. It might seem easy to create something so simple, but it's a great test for even the most seasoned designer.
Above: Sarah swears by UK designer Jasper Conran's clean-lined China White Pitcher, part of his collection for Wedgwood; $66.99 at Amazon.
Above: For a more organic look from the same family, consider Sophie Conran's Large Pitcher; $38 for the large size at Unica Home.
Above: From the venerable Burgundy-based purveyor of kiln-fired ceramics, the 1-liter Emile Henry Urban Pitcher is available in several colors for $50 at Amazon.
Above: Julie favors the matte white Stour Pitcher; $68 from Canvas.
Above: Sausalito-based Heath Ceramics' Linen Pitcher is $70 at Gump's.
Above: From venerable Stoke-on-Trent company Burleigh Ware, the Ironstone White Hooped Jug is $50 at the British Grocery Shop. In the UK, the Ironstone White Hooped Jug is available from the Burleigh Shop for £23.
Above: Janet likes the Martha Stewart Collection Whiteware Milk Jug, which holds 24 ounces and costs $14 at Macy's.
Above: A kitchen staple: the Le Creuset White Stoneware Pitcher is $39.95 at Cooking.com.
Above: West Elm's stoneware Flow Pitcher is a reasonable $16.
Above: Another favorite of Julie's is the 1.3-quart Form 1382 White Pitcher, designed in 1931 as part of the Arzberg Form 1382 collection; $59 at Manor Home & Gifts.
Above: Janet likes the classic stoneware Simon Pearce Belmont Pitcher, available in a bright white finish at Terrain for $90.
Above: Another classic from the UK: Hartley Greens & Co. in Leeds has been producing pottery since 1790; the 2-quart Hunslet Large Pitcher is $59.99 at Joanne Hudson Basics.