ISSUE 30  |  Summery Kitchens

Painterly Pottery by a New York City Chef

July 29, 2014 11:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

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: The Honeycomb Bowl is white stoneware with a brown underglaze and matte white glaze; $65. Above R: The hand-built, textured Funnel made of brown stoneware with a matte walnut glaze is $20.

Above: Acosta’s Brush Plates are designed with a layering of brushed-on underglaze on white stoneware; prices range from $40 to $75 for the plates. The darkest blue Bowl (front right) is $200.

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.