Why Restaurants are Ditching White China for Hand-Made Tableware by Belle Cushing

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From the potters who are breaking all the rules to the restaurants that worship them, here’s everything you need to know to get in on the wheel to table movement.

When the tablecloth disappeared from fine-dining restaurants, antiseptic white china went with it. Nowadays, meals from Noma in Copenhagen to Husk in Charleston are served on gorgeous handmade dishes—often thrown by a ceramist the chef knows as well as his butcher, farmer, or forager. And why not? It’s all part of that “artisanal” experience. Fortunately for home cooks and entertainers, well-curated shops across the country are devoting loads of shelf space to beautiful, useful plates, bowls, mugs, and more. From the potters who are breaking all the rules to the restaurants that worship them, here’s everything you need to know to get in on the movement.

“Handmade ceramics encourage a more thoughtful presentation. Hastily made food just doesn’t jibe with a one-of-a-kind plate.”

Dan Barber, chef-owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY


“Every plate and bowl reflects the vision of its ceramist. We want to support our community, so we try to source much of what we use from people we know.”

Nick Balla and Cortney Burns, Bar Tartine, San Francisco