These days, it seems that every other person we meet is raising a flock of backyard chickens, tending to a vegetable garden, or at least browsing their local farmers market for the perkiest produce. With so much emphasis placed on our food's provenance, it only seems natural to become more interested in the origin of the plates and platters on which our favorite dishes are served. In that spirit, we're making a pointed effort to extend the movement to our dinnerware collection by shopping from the plethora of dinnerware producers based in the good old USA.
We're big fans of mid-century design, so naturally we've been practically drooling over anything and everything Heath Ceramics. Hopefully someday one of these iconic pieces will grace our table:
Two-toned pitcher  ($72)
Oval covered serving dish  ($134)
Coupe Line dinner set  ($135)
Bonus: Heath Ceramics is a local favorite. It's based just across the bay from our San Francisco offices in the charming seaside town of Sausalito, CA.
Lodge Cast Iron
It's hard not to smile when faced with food this cute. We'd serve each individually portioned "ear" of cornbread directly from this charming pan  ($15).
Bonus points: Lodge has been creating reliable cast iron cookware in rural Tennesse since 1896! We're also big fans of their cast iron skillets  (from $10).
We often reach to Anchor Hocking when we need a true workhorse in the kitchen. Their signature tempered glass has provided an ideal surface for baking up anything from sheet cakes to lasagna since 1905. Naturally we're intrigued by their brightly colored foray into the world of nonstick bakeware  ($30) in a patriotic hue that belies its origins.
Bauer Pottery Company
Bauer Pottery specializes in retro-revival; its pieces are reproductions based on the company's original designs dating from the 1930s and 1940s. Backstory aside, we're sold on the wide range of cheery colors (and variety of serving vessels) that we'd wager would please all but the pickiest of Pantone fans out there.
Cake stand  ($70)
Sherbet cup  ($15)
Covered casserole  ($66)
Chef Tim Love
Few words were truer spoken than the larger-than-life* motto that's emblazoned on much of Chef Tim Love's line of serveware: "eat, drink & live well." We'll do just that when devouring treats served from this beveled platter  ($50).
*We'd expect nothing less from a company with Texan roots!