7 Great Starts to Your Ceramics Collection

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Over the last few years I've developed a serious affinity for ceramic pieces and I'm not the only one jumping on the fired clay bandwagon either. More and more restaurants and cafés are swapping their pristine plates out for imperfect, earthy  tableware. Why? Because good ceramics make the ideal handmade accent piece —whether it's in your dining room or around your neck. Below you'll find some great starting points for your ceramics collection that won't break the bank.
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01. A Great Coffee Mug

Every ceramicist worth their salt has developed a riff on this kitchen staple, which means you can usually score a great one for a pretty reasonable price. I love picking up handmade mugs when I travel. They're easy to transport and they make great gifts.
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02. Statement Jewellery

If you're looking for a way to spruce up a white t-shirt and jeans, you'll be amazed by what a couple of ceramic beads can do. A graceful, unfussy statement necklace can take a boring outfit from bland to chic in a pinch. Kind of like your grandmother's pearls, but for the 21st century.
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03. A Versatile Vase

I love bringing flowers and greenery into my home. Small ceramic vases make an ideal vessel for buds and small arrangements—earthy tones do a great job at complementing almost any colour bloom. Added bonus: opaque stoneware means you don't have to stare at the murky water. 
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04. New School China

Part of the fun of ceramic tableware is that every piece is slightly different, which means mixing and matching is fair game. I for one like a good set of light-coloured plates and bowls, which work as the ideal setting for bright, vibrant salad and veggie dishes.
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05. A Simple Spoon Rest

Like a good coffee mug, a simple ceramic spoon rest can be a great, easy way to add an earthy touch to your kitchen counter. They're relatively easy to find, wonderfully useful for cooking, and they look great against a simple white tile or stove top.
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06. An Elegant Tea Pot

I drink tea morning, noon and night, so my  teapot has to be: 1.) sturdy and 2.) easy on the eyes. I love a deep, rich mahogany-toned pot for steeping teas in—it's pretty to look at, easy to clean, and is built to last a lifetime without showing signs of wear and tear.
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07. A Catch-All Dish

I like to use small, simple little ceramic dishes to store things like jewellery and keys for easy access. But they're also great catch-alls for matchbooks, hair accessories, hand soaps and (my personal favourite) sweets and small sweet treats.

For more great wares to make your home entertainment-ready, check out my   Ceramics and For The Home collections.
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