Fantastic Bowls and Where to Find Them

In a world where most originals are mass-produced, it’s nice to have the real deal. These four local ceramicists are creating understated, chic tableware. Upgrade your home collection with unique plates, bowls and serving dishes no one else will have.

1. Susan Zimmerman

Susan Zimmerman creates imperfectly gorgeous plates with a hand-building technique and glowing pearl glaze finish. Prices vary. Special orders only, 314.609.7292,

2. Gabe Karabell
The elegant bowls at Vista Ramen introduced us to Gabe Karabell. The neutral glaze of his generously sized bowls has a subtle combination of colors that will never go out of style. $30 and up. Special orders only, 314.915.6909,

3. Phillip Finder
Phillip Finder’s stylish, pretty bowls are thin and delicate for an ultra sophisticated look. $20. Urban Matter, 4704 Virginia Ave., St. Louis, 314.456.6941,

clockwise from top right, plates by susan zimmerman, bowl by al wescott, bowls by phillip finder, bowl by gave karabell // photo by greg rannells

4. Al Westcott
Al Westcott’s classic serving dishes come in a neutral sand color or signature slate blue. Prices vary. Union Studio, 1605 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, 314.771.5398,

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Krueger Pottery Supply
$225. Krueger Pottery Supply, 8153 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314.963.0180,

Craft Alliance
$159. Craft Alliance, 6640 Delmar Blvd., University City; 501 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.725.1177,