As you’re preparing to host family and friends for the holidays, or just for a cozy seasonal get-together, you may find yourself in want of additional table ceramics. From food-grade plates and serving bowls to adorable vessels that can double as flower vases or succulent planters in a pinch, fresh tableware adds tactile flair to your table settings.
Made by hand in small batches, these unique finds are artisan-crafted using a number of different pottery techniques, finishes and glazes. Many are one-of-a-kind, a few are customizable upon request, and all are a great way to support Canadian art and design, whether you buy a single butter dish, or enough stoneware plates to serve the extended family.
Caitlin O’Reilly of Cylinder Studio produces tableware in both porcelain and stoneware, jewelry, wall hangings, and other handmade goods in Prince Edward County, Ontario. This lovely oval platter is available in three different clay and glaze combinations; the hard part will be picking just one.
Cylinder Studio Oval Platter, $75, Cylinderceramics.com
All the ceramics from this Bedford, Quebec, duo are inspired by the Maritimes, highly functional and well-designed for everyday use; for example, even this chic covered butter dish is both oven and dishwasher safe.
Atelier Trema Ceramic Butter Dish, $52, Chicbasta.com
This colourful, porcelain-sandstone ceramic bottle by Frédérique Bonmatin can be used for serving either oil or vinegar in the kitchen or at the table — you may want to get two and not have to choose between the essential condiments.
Frédérique Bonmatin Ceramic Oil or Vinegar Bottle, $36 each, Chicbasta.com
The duo behind studio learnt wheel-thrown pottery techniques in China and are now based in Markham, Ontario. This sweet glazed bud vase would look lovely on any tablescape, showcasing the tiniest of winter blooms.
Common Goods Studio Handmade Pot Belly Small Flower Vase, $35, Etsy.com
Wai-Yant Li’s charming ceramic creatures — which he fittingly calls “funware” — are not only adorable, but also dishwasher and microwave safe. His cute Hedge Hug mugs are available sporting two different facial expressions.
Créations Li Hedge Hug Mug, $30 each, Oneofakindonlineshop.com
Handmade on a potter’s wheel in Vancouver, this serving bowl is from g ceramic & co.’s pəˈsifik Collection, which is inspired by West Coast scenery, and would be ideal for family-style meals or holding fresh fruit.
G Ceramic & Co. Serving Bowl, $98, Gceramicandco.com
The visual artist behind DOMPIERRE, Marie-Eve Dompierre, creates tableware that is both modern and refined; her large speckled stoneware plate will make any dish that you serve look instantly Michelin Star-worthy.
Ceramique Dompierre Plate Large Speckled, $30, Etsy.com
Montreal-based artist Mérida Anderson’s colourful ceramics are highly recognizable and covetable. It wouldn’t be a stretch to consider her hand-thrown, geometric designs as potential additions to your art collection.
YYY Cobalt/Peach Circle Mug, $58 each, Yyycollection.com
For pancake breakfasts and waffle brunches, you’ll want to serve maple syrup in this charming porcelain bottle. Handmade in Montreal, it’s available in several different prints and is even dishwasher safe.
Marianne Chénard Maple Syrup Bottle, $55, Mariannechenard.com
Dishwasher and microwave safe, the graphic lines and dots on this handsome, handcrafted jug and goblet set are ideal for any minimalist, art-driven home (additional goblets can be purchased on the site).
Mélanie Ranger Jug and Small Goblets, $84, Oneofakindonlineshop.com
Handmade to order in Vancouver by ceramic artist Grace Lee, these whimsical vessels can be used for desserts, drinks or even small plants. Each is just 2.75″ tall, and can be used as bud vases for a playful centerpiece, too.
Eikcam Mini Marie Antoinette Planter Vessel, $44 each, Eikcam.com
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