8 Favorites: Handmade Ceramic Spoons

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.
Handcrafted by Chicago ceramist Melissa J. Chin, these salt spoons are made of white sandstone clay and finished with a glossy white glaze; $
Above: Handcrafted by Chicago ceramist Melissa J. Chin, these salt spoons are made of white sandstone clay and finished with a brilliant white glaze; $ 22 at Gray Remedy.
Year & # 8
Above: An “after-hours ceramist and potter living in Warsaw” is how Joanna Cisek describes herself on her Instagram account. These chic ceramic spoons are perfect for picking up sugar for your tea or eating yogurt.
Elizabeth Benotti & # 8
Above: Elizabeth Benotti’s soaked teaspoons are made in Maine. Each spoon is dipped in a satin matt glaze and colored clay; $ 16 on Etsy.
Eeli Art Studio & # 8
Above: The clay spoons of Eeli Art Studio are described as a “wabi-sabi country house” style – and that pretty much sums them up; $ 12 on Etsy.
Elegant and modern, the Casa Cubista matte dish spoon is handmade and painted in Portugal; $ data-src =
Above: Elegant and modern, the Casa Cubista matte dish spoon is handmade and painted in Portugal; $ 12 at Atacama Home.
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.

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