Enamelware Is Having a Moment: Here Are 11 Pieces You Should Add to Your Kitchen

Enamelware Is Having a Moment: Here Are 11 Pieces You Should Add to Your Kitchen

By Duncan Nielsen
Campfire, picnic, or dinner party? Enamelware does it all with class.

Enamelware has Swiss army knife appeal. It’s pretty in the kitchen, yet tough enough to bring camping. It's quick to clean, lightweight, and as fit for morning coffee as it is for an evening roast. Knock it around, and the chipped edges give it loved, lived-in personality; care for it and it’ll become a coveted heirloom. It’s stylish and practical, and it has a centuries-old pedigree.

Vitreous enamel, created by fusing powdered glass to a metal substrate in a firing process, started out artsy. The ancient Greeks covered metal with melted glass powders to create vibrant, multi-hued jewelry—golden rings have been found dating back to the 13th century BC. Later, the Byzantines developed plique-à-jour, a more refined, delicate process for creating art and jewelry with a stained glass aesthetic. (Cue Indiana Jones theme.)

The nascent beginnings of modern enamel cookware date back to mid-18th century Germany, when craftspeople began fusing glass to metal kitchen pots. The technique yielded the combined benefit of better tasting food and an easy-to-clean coating. At the end of the 1800s, a surge in demand in American households brought about new manufacturing processes and an updated aesthetic—the signature marbled, mottled, and speckled finishes common today.

Enamelware is now as popular as ever, but don't call it a comeback. America's first mass-produced kitchenware has throwback summer camp vibes and modern good looks with time-tested staying power. Below, we've gathered a range of pieces from staid makers and adventurous newcomers alike that will serve as timeless additions to your home.

Bornn Marble Swirl Blush Enamel Plate
Our Multi-Colored Swirl collection requires expert technical skills to blend one color into another, softly moving tints and shades from light to dark. Bornn Enamelware is handmade in Turkey. All products are dishwasher and oven safe.
Crow Canyon Home White & Grey Enamel Drink Dispenser
There’s no better way to serve big-batch beverages to a crowd than by having guests serve themselves out of a big ol’ classic drink dispenser. This one comes in classic white with grey trim and looks great with a set of matching mugs or tumblers.
Dexam Home Enamel Mug (Set of 2)
This pair of retro-classic enamelware mugs will brighten up your morning coffee ritual, and they’re just as content to sit pretty on a shelf or counter when they’re off-duty. They’re also good for a camping trip, where they’ll also come in handy as impromptu soup and dinner bowls.
Falcon Enamelware Pie Set
Iconic baking set from Falcon Enamelware in White. Blue rim. Gloss finish. Embossed branding at bottom. Porcelain enamel fused onto heavy-gauge steel. Dishwasher and oven safe up to 530°. Burn-resistant material. Five pieces to a set. Photo Courtesy of Need Supply Co....
Crow Canyon Home Splatter Enamel Colander
Crow Canyon Home Enamelware is made from high quality carbon steel and coated with porcelain enamel in a two coat process that results in a slightly textured surface. It is oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe. Enamelware is not intended for microwave use.

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