Dishware is having a moment. There’s plenty of direct-to-consumer companies popping up that make dish-shopping easier than ever before. At the same time, makers are creating artisanal, one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces that are designed to withstand everyday use. Whether you’re looking for simplicity or something that makes a statement, the below options are beautiful enough to instantly transform your dining table.
If you’re searching for dishes with that made-by-hand touch that are also durable enough for everyday use, East Fork is for you. Made by Alex Matisse and John Vigeland, who were trained through formal ceramic apprenticeships, the full dinnerware collection is made from regionally sourced stoneware clay and fired in a gas kiln with food-safe glazes. The weighty, earthy pieces are simple enough for a bowl of cereal and unique enough for a dinner party.
This iconic ceramics company based in Sausalito, California, stays true to its 1948 roots. Today there are multiple styles and colors to choose from, but the classic collections that turned the brand into a household name—and designer favorite—are still just as special as when they first hit the market. All pieces are made by hand at the Bay Area factory and are designed to be long-lasting and timeless.
Direct-to-consumer company Snowe specializes in classic, high-quality dinnerware that will work for every occasion in life. The brand partners with European and American factories to produce products that incorporate the latest technology and material innovation. Offering a full suite of tabletop items along with bedding, towels, and candles, Snowe is designed to be a one stop shop for your home goods needs. In other words, it’s perfect for buying everything at once after you move into a new apartment.
No two pieces by Beau Rush Ceramics are the same. If you are looking for something truly artful to impress guests and brighten your dining table, the company’s dishwasher- and food-safe dishes are perfect for you. Brooklyn-based artist Cameron Bishop, who received a degree in fine arts sculpture from the Art Institute of Chicago, has built a delightful collection of pleasing pastel or moody matte-black options.
Hawkins New York sells high-quality artisanal home goods with a modern sensibility. The organic ceramic dinnerware line, available at Food52, stands out for its handmade aesthetic. Made in Portugal, the dishware features soft edges and natural texture that still feels clean and polished. The muted gray, blush, and white color options make it easy to mix and match pieces, so you can create different table settings for different moods.
Sydney-based Mud Australia shapes its dishware from porcelain clay sourced from Limoges, France. Artisans apply clear glaze to the inside of each piece, leaving the outside with a slightly rough, stone-like texture that becomes smooth with use. The organic shapes, available in a range of pretty pastels, are lovely to behold. On a practical level, the dishes are oven, microwave, dishwasher and food safe, making them ideal for everyday use.
This tableware startup sells European-made dishware at an attainable price. Year & Day offers a range of basic styles you’ll use all the time, such as big bowls, big plates, small plates, and small bowls. We love the four semi-matte colors available—midnight, daybreak, fog, and moon—which are meant to be mixed and matched. The brand also produces flatware and glassware, so you can build a complete table setting in one online shopping session.
There are countless excellent options for dish shopping, and no longer is a basic white dining set the best bet for your table. Consider one of these striking brands to elevate your at-home dining experience. What are your favorite dishes? Tag us on Instagram at @related_rentals to show us your table.