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Can someone please explain to me why everyone (including myself) is obsessed with ceramic dishware these days? And I'm not talking the pretty, polished glazed stoneware you can always score at the big-box stores. I mean the knobbly, handmade, speckled-looking creations that look just as gorgeous sitting out on your sideboard as they do filled with salad or tea.
If you're not ready to sign up for a pottery class yet, and not down with shelling out hundreds of dollars for the high-end stuff, there are still plenty of options that will fill your kitchen with wabi-sabi joy. Here are a few of my favorite ceramic dishware, all under $50 per piece:
Speckled White Dinner Plates
This matte speckled white plate is the perfect piece to make your Tuesday night dinner feel a little more special—even if it's just a sad slice of frozen pizza. It's also just the thing for crudités, a cheese platter, or fruit slices, transforming your dinner party appetizer time or your breakfast snack platter into a moment of beauty.
Tumblers for Coffee—Or Cocktails
Ceramics aren't just for eating—you need to drink out of them as well. Water, iced tea, or cocktails just taste more delicious when sipped from one of these tumblers—they're more versatile than glass since they can hold both hot and cold beverages. Or, try the seeing eye tumblers pictured at the top of the story.
Subtle-Toned Serving Bowls
Millennial pink never looked so good. The subtle blush color of these bowls is almost neutral, meaning they will pair brilliantly with a range of other colors in your cabinet.
A Trendier Home for Your Java
We love the smooth glaze and elegant shape of these mugs. Choose a few in each color to make an eclectic set.
Delightfully Misshapen Platters
No one can really explain why food just looks (and tastes) better on these speckle-glazed, charmingly irregular plates.
This geometric espresso cup is designed to look like recycled paper. Post-dinner coffee just got even more fabulous.
The trendy ceramics of now can tend to be in muted color palates—these serving bowls are perfect for salads or family-style entrees and they add a pop of color to the table.
Pinch Bowls for a Pop of Color
Commerce Editor Emily Johnson has made her love of small kitchen bowls—for salt, for prepping ingredients, and for snacking. The vibrant color and organic shape of these pinch bowls make these ideal to mix and match—and perfect for housing condiments in Instagram-able appetizer spreads.
A Ceramic Pitcher
This ceramic pitcher from the same company as the serving bowls above are another great way to add a pop of color to your table.
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