ISSUE 19  |  The Wedding Party

New French Basics: Cantine Tableware from Jars Ceramistes

May 14, 2015 11:00 AM

BY Margot Guralnick

Newly discovered, and currently at the top of our wish list: Cantine tableware, a collection of updated 1950s French dinnerware in a palette of seaside colors. Featuring a combination of glazed and unglazed surfaces, the pottery is made by Jars Ceramistes in the South of France, stoneware specialists since 1857.

Above: Ceramics with the power to transport. Jars’ Cantine designs are modern interpretations of midcentury silhouettes. Each piece is hand molded and glazed in a proprietary 17-step process. 

Above: Jars specializes in “grand feu” firing, which vitrifies the clay and results in chip-resistant wares in exceptionally rich colors. North London shop Future and Found, where we first came across the line, offers the lipped Cantine Dessert Bowls, shown here, for £13 ($20.46) each and Cantine Plates for £15 ($23.61). They’re available in two colors: chalk and zinc.

Above: Cantine Cereal Bowls are £11 ($17.31) each. All of the wares have glazed interiors and partially glazed exteriors with a two-tone look. They’re dishwasher and microwave safe.

Above: Sized for water, wine, and espresso, Cantine Cups are £7 ($11) each.

Above: The Cantine Jug is £25 ($39.35)

Above: Cantine Serving Dishes are £32 ($50.37). 

Williams-Sonoma offers a selection of Jars Cantine ceramics, including a Jars Cantine 16-Piece Dinnerware Set for $384.95 (marked down from $427.80). Didriks and Terrestra carry a range of other tableware by Jars. Go to Jars Ceramistes to see more and to find shops around the world that sell the wares. 

More everyday favorites? Take a look at 10 Easy Pieces: Basic Drinking Glasses and Object Lessons: Iconic Cafe Ware from Duralex.

On Gardenista, see The Ultimate Indoor/Outdoor Tableware.