I first took note of Marité Acosta's ceramic work when I spotted a trio of her bone-like, white glazed vases arranged with pale Delphinia and olive branches at an event a few weeks ago. I've been thinking of them ever since.
Acosta, who is based in New York City, grew up in a Cuban household around home cooking and handmade dishes. The influences of her childhood kitchen led her to a career full of variety. In addition to being an established potter, Acosta is also a chef and a stylist. This gives her the advantage of knowing firsthand which shapes and sizes are most functional for tableware—and she has a flair for design. Her pottery is sculptural, often textured on the surface, and much of it is finished with a painterly wash of glazes that Acosta experiments with in her studio. Select pieces are available online directly from Acosta.
Above: A set of textured dishes in a matte white glaze on white stoneware.
Above L: The textured Salt Dishes are two inches in diameter; $20 each. Above R: A detail of the textured stoneware.
Above: A set of white glazed vases with a slight lean to their shape. (Acosta's vases are custom-made; while she isn't accepting custom orders at this time, she's open to the suggestion of making more of a particular piece.)
Above: White stoneware vases, some with a dark green glaze washed over a textured surface.
Above L and R: Details of the blue-green brushstrokes and the variation seen in each plate.
Acosta's pieces are made in small batches; go to Marité Acosta to see more of her work that's currently available.
We frequently visit the houses of ceramic artists; for two standout examples, have a look at In the Garden and Atelier with Cécile Daladier in Paris on Gardenista and The Handmade Kitchen: Paula Grief in Brooklyn. Go to Ceramics to view our archive of tableware finds.