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You know that expression, “it’s the little things in life”––well, replace “life” with “the kitchen.” We believe that small things like beautiful, well-made dishes will undoubtedly yield a big difference when it comes to aesthetics among your counters; some well-matched accents can go a long way.

But aesthetics aside, stocking your cabinets with stoneware dishes comes with lots of benefits. Because stoneware ceramics are fired at a relatively high temperature and contain vitreous material, these dishes are sturdy, well-made, often handcrafted, and just stick around a lot longer than something more fragile like lightweight porcelain.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite picks, from timeless brands like Le Creuset to local ones like Farmhouse Pottery, based out of Woodstock, Vermont. You’ll find everything from practical 16-piece dinnerware sets to beautiful mugs and even a stoneware French press. Have a scroll. We have a feeling you’ll be hosting your next dinner party sooner rather than later.

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Le Creuset Stoneware French Press

Available in five bright and cheerful colors, this French press from Le Creuset is made of a dense stoneware that prevents cracks and ensures an easy cleanup after your morning cuppa.

To buy: $70,

Crate & Barrel Visto 16-Piece Navy Stoneware Dinnerware Set

Modest tapers, bold angles, and a stunning matte finish make this 16-piece kit the perfect go-to dinner set.

To buy: $177,

Crate & Barrel Ora Stoneware Low Bowl

This low bowl can function as your everyday salad bowl, or it can stand on the table as an elegant setting at a formal dinner party, thanks to soft hues, clean lines, and a hand-applied glaze.

To buy: $15,

Le Creuset Stoneware 16-Piece Stoneware Dinnerware Set

You simply can’t go wrong with a sturdy enamel stoneware set from iconic cookware brand Le Creuset.

To buy: $210,

The White Company Large Stoneware Vase

Every kitchen or dining room table needs a good statement vase. This one from the White Company is simple, and the perfect host for a colorful bouquet.

To buy: $75,

Farmhouse Pottery Silo Mug

Wheel-thrown in Vermont, these sturdy, classic-style mugs make a great gift, and can be easily matched and paired with existing dish sets.

To buy: $100,

Vietri Incanto Stone Aqua Lace Dinner Plate

Handmade in Italy, this dinner plate is the epitome of style. Functional and durable in make, yet aesthetically delicate, these stunning aqua plates will complement any table setting.

To buy: $46,

East Fork Classic 3-Piece Dinner Set

Bring major farm-to-table vibes to your kitchen with this neutral palette three-piece dinner set, handmade in the U.S.

To buy: $83,

Staub Ceramic Stoneware 4-Piece Set

Available in three classic, bold colors, this 4-piece baking set from Staub, which includes three different shapes of baking dishes, is sure to become a timeless staple in your kitchen.

To buy: $100,

Williams Sonoma Pie Dish, Set of 3

Every kitchen needs a few good pie dishes. We love these vintage-style ceramic stoneware ones from Williams Sonoma, which feature different rim styles for stunning pie presentation.

To buy: $60,

Berry & Thread Spoon Rest

Made in Portugal, this spoon rest is just as functional as it is adorable. It makes for a great gift, too!

To buy: $30,


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