Sasha Nicholas tableware

If you haven’t already noticed the growing tabletop trend, take a closer look the next time you dine out at top restaurants here, there, and well, everywhere. Dinnerware has become integral to the dining experience. Premier Chefs are eschewing plain vanilla monochromatic plates, platters, cups and saucers for handcrafted, artisanal and uniquely designed ceramics as an expression of the restaurant and cuisine.

More and more, it isn’t just fine dining establishments looking for one-of a-kind place settings. Many ceramists and potters are making them for enjoyment in a home setting. The only creative limitation to the range of shapes, sizes, glazes and design options is your imagination. Why not have your own specially crafted to grace meals for family and friends? An ultimate wedding gift – give newlyweds a gift certificate to design their own china; they can even add a custom monogram.

Here are three top choices to make custom dishware uniquely yours:

Keith Kreeger Studios

Austin ceramist, Keith Kreeger is a restaurant and hospitality darling with his wares making starring appearances on some of Texas’ finest tables including San Antonio’s Cured, Austin’s Uchi, Fixe, Olamaie and Qui, as well as FT333 in Dallas. Texas isn’t alone in their appreciation of the custom dinnerware; Coquette, New Orleans and Lincoln Restaurant- Portland, Oregon are just two of the many other restaurants serving up their cuisine on his ceramic dishes across the US.

Working in porcelain, Kreeger’s wares are contemporary forms and designs that can be used on a daily basis. They even garnered the studio recognition as a Martha Stewart American Made Crafts Finalist in 2014. Their pottery can be found in prestigious galleries and retailers nationwide including Bergdof Goodman in New York City and Table Art LA in Los Angeles.

To make giving the gift of unique dinnerware turnkey, they provide a wedding registry for couples.

Jane Herold Pottery

Many of the nation’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants rely on the artistry of Jane Herold Pottery. Her list of clients reads like a Who’s Who in fine dining. Supplying dozens of acclaimed restaurants like NYC’s Michelin-starred Betony, Batard, Clement, and The Dutch, Chicago’s Sepia, Boka and Momotara, Herold’s stoneware clay pottery is known for its unique beauty and durability in commercial kitchens.

Lucky for us she makes custom dinnerware for home use. The hefty, vitrified and non-porous hand-thrown dishes are fashioned into every possible serving dish style you could ever need: plates with six different rim choices, and ten kinds of bowls, including the Dollop with its deep in-curved rim for ice cream or sorbet and the boat-shaped salt bowls. Serving pieces include slab platters, ramekins, sauciers, panacottas, tea mugs, coffee cups, and caviar and butter dishes. There are no separate design fees for new shapes; you pick the style, sizes and finish options including glazes that are food–safe and lead free; some are even made with ash.

Sasha Nicholas

Sasha Nicholas founder Cynthia Nouri has created a meaningful line of handcrafted, made-to-order, custom, luxury dinnerware at an affordable price that elevates everyday use and mixes with the finest china. Her porcelain pieces are oven and dishwasher safe, and are customizable, allowing you to feature your family crest or monogram. You can also create your own new monogram with the help of their designers.

Sasha Nicholas tableware can be found at fine and specialty retailers as well as online. The classic, elegant scalloped Weave Collection is available with opulent, 24 karat hand-painted thick gold edging with or without monograms; it pairs beautifully with your inherited pieces and is available in 21 styles. The white ware contemporary Imagine Collection is designed in the Scandinavian aesthetic. It not only showcases your food but also your monogram and is offered in 11 styles. All pieces are hand-decorated and kiln-fired at the finest European porcelain factories.

Destined to become treasured heirlooms, in addition to the dish wares, there are cake plates, champagne buckets, napkin rings, platters and coasters for your own delightful enjoyment or as memorable gifts. Larger pieces can have custom messages like the chorus to a wedding song or favorite quote put on the back.

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