5 Indie Ceramic Brands We’re Currently Crushing On
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5 Indie Ceramic Brands We’re Currently Crushing On

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By Duncan Nielsen
Who knew a cereal bowl could make us feel this way?

In the throes of this digital age, there are a dizzying number of ceramicists hawking their wares—kiln-fired accoutrements are having quite a moment on Instagram. 

If your feed is in a frenzy, this list is for you. Below, you’ll find ceramicists at the top of their craft and pieces that experiment with glaze, color, and form. You’ll proudly display these ceramic tablewares and decor from five makers well worth their salt. 

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Ariela Kuh of ANK Ceramics has been making things for as long as she can remember. From Lincolnville, Maine, she crafts tableware by hand and wheel that features organic forms and neutral colors.

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Ank Ceramics Aquinnah Vessel 64
Ank Ceramics Aquinnah Vessel 64
One of a kind ceramic vessel with spotted glaze and geometric handle. Each piece is turned on the wheel or hand-built, trimmed, sanded, and fired in an electric kiln. Glazes are mixed in small batches to allow ultimate control and specificity of finish and may vary from batch to batch.
Ank Ceramics Sparrow Coffee Dripper
Ank Ceramics Sparrow Coffee Dripper
Pour-over coffee cone in satin white with iron black speckles. Thrown on the wheel. Glaze is hand-mixed, food safe, and dishwasher safe, although hand-washing is always preferred. Fired in an electric kiln to 2200 degrees.
Ank Ceramics Coquina Original Mug
Ank Ceramics Coquina Original Mug
Mug is thrown on the wheel. Glaze in variegated yellow pink named for the shell of a small seawater clam. This mug is hand-mixed, food safe, and dishwasher safe, although hand washing is always preferred. Fired in an electric kiln to 2200 degrees.
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Pigeon Toe was founded by Lisa Jones in protest of mass production and with a vision for quality American goods. The Portland, Oregon–based company’s imaginative designs and processes are underscored by their commitment to innovation: "We explore the aesthetic potential of objects that populate and create our lives; we accentuate function and redefine form."

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Pigeon Toe Blue Porcelain Wind Chimes
Pigeon Toe Blue Porcelain Wind Chimes
Blowin' in the wind.  All we need in this world to cue sheer happiness is a cool breeze sweeping over the patio, a glass of lemonade, and the gentle clinking of wind chimes.
Pigeon Toe Matte Ceramic Mug
Pigeon Toe Matte Ceramic Mug
Dusty matte earth tones and muted pastels turn simple mugs into pieces of art in their own right. Each is hand thrown in Portland, Oregon, creating smooth curves, an unglazed, sanded surface with a glazed interior, and tinted clay.
Pigeon Toe Two-Tone Matte Ramekin
Pigeon Toe Two-Tone Matte Ramekin
From Pigeon Toe Ceramics and handmade in Portland, we're swooning over these delicate little dishes. Each ramekin has an unglazed exterior dyed olive or charcoal, and a glossy, glazed interior in blush. Use them as individual olive dishes, to hold cherished jewelry, or as a handy pinch bowl.
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You may recognize the work of Brooklyn–based ceramicist Helen Levi from Instagram, but her reputation lives well beyond the realm of mobile flitting. Her hand-thrown collection is an outpouring of beautifully distinct, signature wares that basically feel customized.

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Helen Levi Ceramics Ocean Shallow Bowl
Helen Levi Ceramics Ocean Shallow Bowl
From Brooklyn ceramicist Helen Levi, these bowls show of a tidal wave of turquoise dotted with black flecks for a little unexpected texture. Give your table a colorful seaside-town vibe. The brown stoneware is oh-so-sturdy and will last for many meals to come.
Helen Levi Ceramics Sunrise Dinner Plates (Set of 4)
Helen Levi Ceramics Sunrise Dinner Plates (Set of 4)
You are my sunrise plates.  From Brooklyn ceramicist Helen Levi, these dinner plates are prettier than a dawn horizon. They stack up for everyday meals and bring in a little color to elegant tables too.
Helen Levi Ceramics Beach Carafe
Helen Levi Ceramics Beach Carafe
Marbled carafe from Helen Levi in Blue. Clear glazed interior. Pouring spout. Raw clay exterior and circular base. Due to the nature of marbling, there may be slight variations in appearance.
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Out of Asheville, North Carolina, East Fork is a team of formally trained ceramicists making durable, full-range dinnerware and other nifty objects. Every piece is made with regionally sourced stoneware clay and house-made, food-safe glazes. These salt-of-the-earth pieces are meant to last a lifetime.

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East Fork Garden & Gun Nesting Set
East Fork Garden & Gun Nesting Set
Wahoo! This gorgeous nesting set has been chosen as a finalist for the Garden & Gun Made in the South Awards  A Nesting Set of 3 Shallow Bowls designed by Alex and Connie Matisse and John Vigeland, made by Team East Fork  Makes a gorgeous gift to celebrate a new home, new marriage,...
East Fork Cereal Bowl
East Fork Cereal Bowl
If you don't mess around with seconds of cereal and want it delivered straight up in one shot, this is the cereal bowl for you.
East Fork Incense Burner
East Fork Incense Burner
Incense Burner, made in East Fork Pottery's workshop on the wheel with 100% North Carolina Clay.
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Britta Herrmann moved from Hamburg to Tuscany in 2005 to proliferate Italian culture in the form of hand-made living accessories. Uniquely simple, the MANI collection represents a "perfect fusion of Nordic design and traditional Italian craftsmanship, where each piece has been created by hand and heart."

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MANI by Britta Herrmann Livorno Stripes Vase
MANI by Britta Herrmann Livorno Stripes Vase
The MANI collection was inspired by the creativity of traditional Italian craftsmanship. Curator of the collection Britta Hermann, passionate about Italian culture, moved from Hamburg to Tuscany in 2005 to pursue her quest to create her first collection of hand-made living accessories.
MANI by Britta Herrmann Pagoda Vase
MANI by Britta Herrmann Pagoda Vase
The MANI collection was inspired by the creativity of traditional Italian craftsmanship. Curator of the collection Britta Hermann, passionate about Italian culture, moved from Hamburg to Tuscany in 2005 to pursue her quest to create her first collection of hand-made living accessories.
MANI by Britta Herrmann Square Vase – Pink
MANI by Britta Herrmann Square Vase – Pink
The MANI collection was inspired by the creativity of traditional Italian craftsmanship. Curator of the collection Britta Hermann, passionate about Italian culture, moved from Hamburg to Tuscany in 2005 to pursue her quest to create her first collection of hand-made living accessories.