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When choosing dinnerware from big-box retailers, what looks like a sturdy plate may actually be made from easily broken tempered glass or, worse, plastic. But if you’re looking to invest in your next set of plates, we recommend looking at ceramics. Not only are ceramics durable for longterm use, but they’re also made with natural clay.

There are three main types of ceramics: earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain. Earthenware is fired at an average of 1950 degrees Fahrenheit (1000+ degrees Celsius), resulting in a hardened look that may need an additional glaze. While stoneware is mid- to high-fired from 2200 to 2350 degrees Fahrenheit (1200 degrees Celsius) with a finished product that will be more durable and waterproof. Porcelain, firing at the highest temp (2400 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1300+ degrees Celsius) is often white, shiny, and hardened in appearance.

With this in mind, we’ve sourced a few brands offering sustainable ceramic plates so you can upgrade your kitchen in the most thoughtful way. (While you’re at it, check out our guides to recycled glassware and sustainable flatware.) The next time you make a home-cooked meal, you’ll be proud to, as they say in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” put that on your plate!

1. Year & Day

Made In | Portugal
Materials | Ceramic
Price | $64/set of 4 plates

Year & Day’s four core values make this home goods brand stand out from the crowd. By bringing together a thoughtful assortment of table settings, quality materials, direct shipping and transportation, and responsible manufacturing, you’ll experience fine craftsmanship with each use. Designed in California and finished in Portugal, these ceramic dinner plates are elegant, durable and come in an array of colors that are easy on the eyes. Unsure what style of tableware suits your needs? Let Year & Day customize your perfect set with this quiz


Made In | Japan, Egypt
Materials | Porcelain stone ceramic, Egyptian clay
Price | Starting at $35/plate

GOODEE is one of our favorite marketplaces for ethically-sourced and artisan-made ceramic dinnerware pieces. GOODEE works with companies that share their ethics and values, like heritage craft production and community engagement initiatives, so you know you’ll be getting high quality one-of-a-kind pieces that give back to local artisans and their surrounding communities. Here you’ll find brands like 1616/Arita Japan and Malaika that handcraft their luxurious dinnerware using porcelain and Egyptian clay (and it’s all dishwasher and microwave safe). Bring a taste of sophistication to the dinner table!

3. Emerson Creek Pottery

Made In | Bedford, Virginia
Materials | Stoneware
Price | $43/dinner plate

Emerson Creek Pottery’s handmade stoneware plates will grab everyone’s attention at the dinner table. Crafted by artisans from start to finish at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, these stunning dinner plates serve as both a medium for food creations and pieces of art. No two plates are the same, as Emerson’s craftspeople take meticulous care in formining, glazing, hand-painting and firing each stoneware plate. Besides being chip-resistant, microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe, all plates are lead- and cadmium-free so you can feel good keeping your home healthy and non-toxic. With collective 5 star ratings across Emerson’s dinnerware and other pottery goods, it’s safe to say we’ll be adding this one to our shopping list!

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4. East Fork

Made In | Asheville, North Carolina
Materials | Stoneware
Price | $46/dinner plate

For handmade modern ceramic plates, we’re eyeing East Fork’s kitchen collection. Made out of Asheville using locally sourced clay, these ceramic plates are beloved by potters and home cooks alike. Pick up a cake, side, or dinner plate, and you’ll support this small-batch studio while creating an even more palatable dish.

5. Hawkins New York

Made In | Portugal
Materials | Stoneware
Price | $48/set of 4 dinner plates

For sustainable ceramics that are as sturdy as they are stylish, Hawkins New York’s Dinnerware collection, found on Food52, is our go-to. The Hawkins team has spent years working with worldwide artisans to craft quality home goods at affordable price points. And these plates are a testament to the team’s values: made in Portugal, highly functional, and beautifully designed, starting at $48 for a set of 4.

6. Our Place

Made In | Manufactured by artisans & partners in the US, Thailand, China, India, Morocco & Mexico
Materials | Stoneware
Price | $60/set of 4 plates

Hand-glazed and crafted thoughtfully with ceramic stoneware made from the earth, Our Place has us swooning over its collection of full plates! If you’re short on space, these plates stack beautifully in conjunction with the brand’s other tableware options, Both oven and dishwasher safe, you’ll be going back for these dishes, again and again.  

7. Material

Made In | South Korea
Materials | Ceramic
Price | $50/plate

For Material’s co-founders Eunice and Dave, food and community have always been a powerful medium for carrying on their Korean and Vietnamese traditions. With this inspiration in mind, Material’s ceramic plates are tasteful, timeless, and crafted to last for generations to come. Hand-finished and made from natural Korean soil, these plates elevate your tabletop, adding a special touch to your daily meals. Besides its focus on quality kitchenware, Material is also committed to giving back to organizations that combat food insecurity for underserved groups.