ISSUE 12  |  Creatives at Home

10 Easy Pieces: Handmade Dinnerware from Ceramics Studios

March 25, 2015 9:00 AM

BY Izabella Simmons

The ultimate luxury in our opinion? A set of handmade pottery, complete with slight imperfections, for the everyday table. Here are our favorite ceramic dinnerware sets made by US and Canadian studios.

Above: When Michelin three-star chef Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, California, was looking to create a line of dinnerware, he reached out to local Pope Valley artist and ceramicist Richard Carter. The two decided to collaborate, enlisting the help of potter Eric VanderMolen and Remodelista editor at large Sarah Lonsdale, to create the Carter Kostow line. The collection includes a small, medium, and large plate, a bowl, and a small and large cup, starting at $25. All the pieces are available at March in San Francisco.

Above: Under the helm of artist Dora De Larios, LA’s Irving Place Studio–founded in the 1950s and revived in 2012 by De Larios and her daughter, Sabrina–offers ceramic dinner and serving pieces in different sizes and shapes. A Small Plate is $55, and a Dinner Plate is $70. To learn more about Irving Place Studio, see Ceramics that Once Lived in the White House

Above: Designer Clair Catillaz makes a variety of ceramic pieces at Clam Lab, her Brooklyn studio. See more in our post Ceramics Inspired by 20th-Century Dishware, and go to Clam Lab to inquire about pricing. 

Above: West River Field Lab, an LA studio run by Japanese artist Nobuhito Nishigawara, offers two dinnerware options: Dinner Plates (shown here) and Deep Dishes, as well as bowls. The WRF Dinner Plate is $28 and the WRF Salad/Dessert Plate is $24 at Spartan Shop. See our post Currently Coveting Japanese-Style Tableware Made in LA for more of the WRF collection. 

Above: Eric Bonnin hand-turns ceramic pieces in his studio in TriBeCa: see our post, A French Potter at the Wheel in New York. His Kam dinner collection includes plates, bowls, cups, and pitchers in three colors (white, black, and oatmeal). Shown here, a Dinner Plate in Oatmeal; $46 at Mociun. The collection is available at Mociun, Spartan Shop, and Steve Alan.

Above: William Reardon founded New York Stoneware in Brooklyn in 2013 with the goal of incorporating pottery into people’s everyday lives. “I’ve kept my dinner plate dimensions just smaller than the average,” he says, “so that they can be used for any meal or type of dish. The combination of the rolled rim and the three stamps reference an English pewter charger of my mother-in-law’s.” The Dinner Plate is $95 and companion Mug is $45.

Above: Artist Kati Von Lehman makes ceramic tableware from her home studio. A three-piece dinner set is $130 from Jill Lindsey. See more of Lehman‘s pieces on her own site. 

Above: Janaki Larsen, co-owner of Vancouver cafe and grocer Le Marché St. George, makes her own ceramic dinnerware, which she sells via Le Marché’s new online store: See Canadian Je Ne Sais Quoi. The dinner collection includes White Plates ($55), Shallow White Pitted Bowls ($45), and Pitted Soup Bowls ($45). Some of the plates and bowl are currently sold out; contact Le Marché for restocking. 

Above: The hand-thrown Akiko Porcelain Slab Plates are available in Large ($48), Medium ($32), and Small ($16) from The Commons in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Above: LA potter Peter Sheldon, who creates the ceramics for Silverlake restaurant Pine & Crane, offers a three-piece Stoneware White Dinner Set for $112.80.

Above: Philadelphia’s Felt + Fat is making a name for itself designing tableware for restaurants such as Laurel in South Philadelphia. Their tabletop pieces (pasta bowls, dinner plates, salad plates) are available from The Commons; prices start at $52 for a White Dinner Plate.


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