There are two ways to think about status ceramics, really. Ceramics that you use daily, like dinnerware, and ceramics that sit on a credenza as art objet, never to be touched; except, perhaps, by a few peony stems. For this piece, we set out to find the ceramicists who are walking the line between both, designing and throwing pieces that you won’t be afraid to touch and use, but that still ignite some awe and respect — the new status ceramics.
There’s one thing to get out of the way first, which is that we’re looking for the successor to Heath Ceramics, the California company founded in 1948 that has managed to monopolize the ceramic dinnerware scene. They’re the wished-for — and widely known — ceramics of tasteful people everywhere, from NoHo to Silver Lake. “They’re beautiful and gorgeous, but they’re the default wedding registrydishes,” says Monica Khemsurov, cofounder of the design blog Sight Unseen. The same goes for Group Partner, which makes that boobs planter that you’ve surely seen everywhere. To find what comes next for the more discerning ceramics-lover, we spoke with ceramicists and shop owners and scoured the coolest homewares shops to learn more about who are the ceramicists to know and buy, right now.
We considered Cody Hoyt’s ceramic vases (they go for $5,400) and Matthew Ward’s painstakingly glazed bowls ($545), but they felt too fine-art and exclusive. Of course you’d have to be in-the-know in the ceramics world to have heard about these guys, but you’d also have to follow the art world to get your hands on them. The same is true with Giselle Hicks, who has nearly 13,000 Instagram followers, but whose work isn’t readily available for purchase.
So we set out to find the status ceramic that is accessible and usable, but also requires a little in-the-know knowledge. A ceramicist that a group of like-minded ceramic-lovers will recognize as of-the-moment and special, while still not being something you’d need fine-art investor money to afford. Here’s what we found.