“Clay can be dirt in the wrong hands, but clay can be art in the right hands.” Lupita Nyong’o


Mark & Graham was founded in 2012 to provide lovely products that customers could personalize.  I love this simple white pitcher on the right above, on sale for $17.99.  It can be monogrammed with up to 3 initials for an additional $12.00.

The dipped ceramic pitcher comes in five colors and is on sale for $14.99 – $29.00 for the small size and $17.99 – $39.00 for the large size.  It can be personalized for an additional $12.00.

Every piece from C & M Ceramics  is handmade.  It is a small batch production company in tableware and other ceramic goods located in Maine. Designer-creator Meg Walsh makes cups, bowls, trays, plates and more, in bright colors and distinctive patterns. I love the playful Octopus Collection.

A mug is $48.00, the rice bowl is $38.00. Their pieces are both dishwasher and microwave safe.  They will do custom work.

Campfire Pottery is based in Portland, Maine and the husband and wife team make lovely and simple contemporary ceramic tableware.  The pottery is glazed in light, neutral tones and is both traditional and contemporary at the same time.  Each piece is made by hand.  Plates start at $38.00, mugs start at $42.00.

ANK Ceramics is handcrafted and based in Camden, ME.  All items are food, dishwasher and microwave safe.  They should be hand washed. Mugs are $40.00 each.  The above plate set is $140.00.

ANK Ceramics


Julie Spako’s studio is in Austin, TX. She works with high fire porcelain and stoneware. Each piece is a hand-drawn original. I love her designs. Pieces must be custom ordered, and there are no prices on the website.

SIR/MADAM has products in metal, wood, paper, textiles, ceramic & stone and glass. Their primary focus is on dining and entertaining. I like these Revival dinner plates, on sale for $52.00 for a set of 4.  It is a fun site to browse as there are many products.

BKLYN Clay is both a retail shop and a ceramics studio offering membership, events, classes and private lessons for all ages and skill levels. They make and sell Saturn Dinnerware, a very durable stoneware line.  All pieces are safe in the microwave and dishwasher.  A cereal bowl is $45.00, a sandwich plate is $50.00.

Farmhouse Pottery has an extensive line of products from pantry bowls (start at $50.00) to the two soap dishes pictured above ($55.00).  They make dinnerware, serving pieces and bakeware.  All their designs are lovely and simple.

Lulu Ceramics is located in South Portland, ME.  She makes each piece by hand and they are dishwasher and microwave safe.  There are nine glaze colors to choose from.  Each mug is $32.00. She will do custom orders.  The custom mugs are $36.00 each. The large 10”D custom bowl is $80.00.  She also makes bowls, plates, and serving pieces.

If you have walked through the Ferry Building in San Francisco, Heath Ceramics has almost certainly caught your eye with appealing colors and tableware that ‘feels’ good.

The large mug comes in fourteen colors and holds 12 ounces.

Glazes have earthy names like ‘Redwood’, ‘Moonstone’ and ‘Rosemary.  Large mug, $41.

You can browse the Heath site for plates, bowls and vases and they make wonderful ‘subway’ tiles for bathrooms and kitchens.  If you are attracted to their ‘Napa’ aesthetic, they offer serving pieces, furniture and décor which complement the laid-back West Coast feel.

We love unique and fun tableware. Here are a few previous ASE articles you will enjoy;

Oversized Mugs for Soup, Chili, Lattes, Hot Chocolate, Cereal, Ice-cream and comfort


Mugs – Un Autre Jour, Une Autre Tasse