As a Chinese American, I grew up using ceramic spoons at meals. One of my earliest memories of feeling safe and content involved this utensil: My amah (what I called my nanny) would sit on the steps in front of her house holding my dinner as I played in the dirt, meandering back to her only when I was ready for the next spoonful. I loved the cool, smooth feel of the ceramic spoon and the gentle clink when it met my teeth. To this day, I prefer it to its Western metal counterpart.
Lately, I’ve been eyeing more artful versions (handmade, interesting colors and patterns, different shapes) of the ceramic spoons that I’ve always bought in Chinatown. Here are eight that I’d like to add to my collection:
Above: Handmade by Chicago ceramicist Melissa J. Chin, these Salt Spoons are made from white stoneware clay and finished with a glossy white glaze; $22 at Grey Remedy.
Above: An “after-hours ceramist & potter living in Warsaw” is how Joanna Cisek describes herself on her Instagram account. These chic Ceramic Spoons are perfect for scooping sugar for your tea or eating yogurt.
Above: Elizabeth Benotti’s petite Dipped Spoons are made in Maine. Each spoon is dipped in a satin matte glaze and colored clay; $16 on Etsy.
Above: Eeli Art Studio’s Clay Spoons are described as “wabi-sabi country house cottage” style—and that pretty much sums them up; $12 on Etsy.
Above: Sleek and modern, the Casa Cubista Matte Tableware Spoon is handmade and hand-painted in Portugal; $12 at Atacama Home.
For more pottery we love, see: