Guest Picks: Pottery Pleasers
20 ceramic pieces bring a touch of whimsy to the table
Ceramics are like people. They have a personality all their own, with so many different colors, textures and shapes. They have the ability to be sleek, humorous, refined or quirky. They also make for the perfect gift (even if it's really for yourself). Here are a few items I think are straight up kiln it!
— Kristin Guy from The Cuisinerd
— Kristin Guy from The Cuisinerd
Hey, you have food on your shirt.
(I'm sorry. I couldn't resist.)
This shirt plate is most certainly a conversation starter and perfect for party hosting or host gifting.
This sailboat salt and pepper shaker is a ray of sunshine. It is happiness. Can you float over some pepper, please?
I have an absolute love affair with the cardboard green originals, but these porcelain berry boxes are beyond adorable. My mind is racing with all the potential items I could store in these — not one of them is fruit.
Give your spoon a swanky place to rest its head. The colors and shape are deliciously mid-century inspired, and the quality is remarkable. I already have one of these, but I am already trying to figure out if it's absolutely ridiculous to own two. Probably, yes.
The rich color! The handles! There is a whole bunch of right happening with these espresso cups. Morning coffee is about to get a makeover.
I've been on a Southwest style kick lately. Wait, what am I saying? I am always on a Southwest style kick. This festive pattern gets super sweet with a lady-like color pallet. Adore!
Paper no more! This hand-thrown coffee to-go cup has so much delicate and feminine charm. BYO has never been more attractive. I suddenly want to throw on a pair of colorful cashmere gloves and go for a walk while holding it.
These floor plan dishes are equal parts comedic and classic. I want to serve particular food groups contained into individual rooms. Peas in the chamber, anyone?
Warm wood paired with icy blue makes a swoon-worthy combination. This is one handsome storage container and is 100 percent countertop approved.
I am really going to have to rethink which cup to use for my morning tea. These delicate and regal spoons would roll their eyes at my Royal Wedding mug.
Don't these pitchers look like canary songbirds to you? They are simply darling, and I would never limit them to just orange juice. Just think how cheerful they could be as vases or as holders for your wooden spoons.
Every time I look at this line of dishes from Ferm Living, I hear "Rah, rah, sis boom bah!" and a confetti cannon goes off. It's like a little ticker tape parade just skipped onto your dining table for lunch.
If you're going to go all out and get a cake topper, it better be a showstopper. Artist Megan Bogonovich is an expert in whimsy and will make a statement at any wedding. When all the cake has been eaten, this deserves a place in your home — or in my case, on my desk.
I'm a huge supporter of designers turning mundane, disposable products into chic, humorous collectables. This crumpled porcelain cup has just won over a huge piece of my kitschy heart.
Stop. You had me at multifaceted terracotta.
I am in love with this play on delicate translucent glass paired with solid white ceramic. These would make any bar cart sing. My only problem is choosing which decanter to actually buy — I want them all!
Jonathan Adler gets it right every single time. I love everything he touches, and this pig jar is no different. I especially love the modern color palette used for the spots that gives it a vintage twist. This little piggy is definitely going to "weee weee weee" all the way home with me.
I've admitted to my secret love for egg cups in the past, but I think my crush is about to intensify. How cute is this toast and egg set? Talk about easily getting kids to eat their breakfast — and playing with your food is definitely acceptable.
The Swedish can do no wrong. The seasonal line of home goods by Sagaform is just another example of their fun, colorful and playful design. How excited would you be if you received a pie and found this fiesta at the bottom of the dish? Extremely excited.
Ideabook updated on Jan. 9, 2012.
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