As a Chinese American, I grew up using ceramic spoons for meals. One of my earliest memories of feeling safe and content involved this utensil: My amah (what I called my nanny) sat on the steps in front of her house to have my dinner while I was playing in the dirt, only snaking towards her when I was ready for the next spoonful. I loved the feeling of freshness and softness of the ceramic spoon and the slight tingling when it met my teeth. To date, I prefer it to its Western metal counterpart.
Lately I’ve been considering smarter versions (handmade, interesting colors and patterns, different shapes) of the ceramic spoons that I have always bought in Chinatown. Here are eight that I would like to add to my collection:
Above: I’ve been watching the ceramic spoons of Brooklyn ceramist Shino Takeda (“handcrafted with electric cooking at medium temperature,” she tells me) for years. They are out of stock at Bird, where I met them for the first time, but luckily for us, Shino has just restocked his own store, where his ceramic spoons are priced at $ 28 to $ 50 for a set of 2.Above: I found quite a few handmade ceramic spoons on Etsy. These are by Tere Hurst in different glazes and sizes (all good for condiments); starting at $ 15.50.Above: The ceramic spoons of Kana Ceramics Ink / White are deliberately imperfect: “small imperfections such as fingerprints, surface cracks and fingerprints are part of the nature of the technique.” They are available in several sizes, including a serving spoon (right); starting at $ 15.