For those who covet restaurant plates, these ceramicists create gorgeous pieces anyone can buy. Photographs by David Prince

Jono Pandolfi

New York ceramicist Jono Pandolfi’s sense of whimsy explains the “egg crate” serving plates and playful porcelain dessert “pillows” he created for Daniel Humm (an F&W Best New Chef 2005) of Eleven Madison Park, as well as the herringbone-etched caviar services he designed for The Modern’s Gabriel Kreuther (an F&W Best New Chef 2003).

Jono Pandolfi teapot

In Stores

The “Jono Pandolfi” teapot, inspired by Asian lanterns. $100; or 212-966-8991.

Jono Pandolfi dishes

Chef Pick

“Egg crate” serving plates and playful porcelain dessert “pillows” for Daniel Humm and herringbone-etched caviar services for Gabriel Kreuther.


Paris design duo Sylvie Loiseau and Claire-Anne Willemin use a mix of glossy pastel glazes and rough matte-white finishes to add visual and tactile contrast to their minimalist dinnerware.

Paolo bowls

In Stores

“Paolo” cream and green bowls, plate and charger, from $9; 800-967-6696 or Celadon “Ô” bowl, $36; 212-431-5839 or “Plateau” square plate, $69;

Ô line

Chef Pick

Daniel Patterson (an F&W Best New Chef 1997) of Coi in San Francisco says the “Ô” line’s simplicity puts his food in focus.

Pieter Stockmans

Belgian designer Pieter Stockmans relies on a time-intensive industrial production technique known as slipcasting to create delicate, paper-thin porcelain. He limits his palette to white, gray and blue.

Biscuit porcelain

In Stores

“Biscuit” white porcelain tea light, $150; blue-and-white-glazed porcelain vase, $180; nested square porcelain plate set, $515; 312-664-9582 or

Custom dishes from Stockmans

Chef Pick

At Le Louis XV in Monaco, Alain Ducasse turns to custom dishes from Stockmans for everything from amuse bouches to coffee.

Hering Berlin

German artisan Stefanie Hering works with bisque, the purest form of porcelain. She accentuates classic shapes with intricate detailing, hand-drilling thousands of holes along the rim of a bowl or creating hairline stripes with high-fired cobalt.

Soda striped bowls

In Stores

“Soda” striped espresso, tea and coffee bowls, $144 for set of three; 415-864-4988 or “Puls” bowl, $114; 800-558-1855 or

Puls plates

Chef Pick

Laurent Gras (an F&W Best New Chef 2002) likes how the “Puls” plates frame food like artwork at his new Chicago restaurant, L20.