6 St. Louis ceramicists elevating tableware
Handmade tableware reminds us that great food is as much art as it is sustenance. Special serving ware helps turn eating into an event, delicious dishes into a memorable meal. Here are six local ceramicists lending their distinct touch to the craft of tableware.
Stephanie Dukat Ceramics
Ava, Illinois-based artist Stephanie Dukat uses traditional pottery, illustration and screen-printing techniques to create charming, dynamic pieces inspired by memories, nature, landscapes and moments in time.
Cherokee Street Ceramics
Jeremy Segel-Moss works out of his home studio on Cherokee Street, where he creates “interesting canvases for chefs to put their art on.” Check out his work at local restaurants like Indo, Ivy and Akar.
Justin Leszcz’s luminous stoneware provides a calming backdrop for dishes and beverages of all kinds. This year, Leszcz has created custom cups for Lazy Tiger’s Halloween and Christmas pop-ups, Corpse Reviver and Filthy Animal; you can also see his work in action at Sump, Vicia and Cinder House.
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Sandra Zak’s wheel-thrown, hand-built stoneware combines strong utilitarian forms with bold colors, lines and patterns. Choose a single color or mix and match for a personalized set.
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Caitlin Allen Studio
A plein air painter, Caitlin Heimerl Allen works with clay and slips colored with mason stains, allowing her to utilize her painterly sensibility in a three-dimensional medium. Her dreamy tableware reflects her love for color and nature.
Molly Svoboda aims for the handmade nature of her ceramics to provide a moment of positivity and ease throughout the day, allowing users’ mind to rest as they notice how the rim of a cup feels or small variations in a glaze or handle. Check out her work in action at Bowood by Niche.