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Cool and Collected

Set your table in a calming sea of coastal hues using handmade goods by Rhode Island makers

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To live in the Ocean State is to be a relatively short distance from any waterway – be it bay, pond, river, lake, or Atlantic. While not every resident outfits their home with anchor motifs and dried sea stars, there’s an undeniable shoreline vibe in the air. Feel inspired to assemble a tablescape of watery blues, using pieces by local artists and drawing from a shoreline palette.

Kristin Crane
From her Providence loom, Kristin Crane explores techniques such as indigo and shibori dyeing and Ikat weaving. She produces such textiles as table runners and napkins that are anything but run-of-the-mill. 

Michelle Phaneuf Ceramics
Clean-edged serveware featuring iconic Rhode Island landmarks, sea creatures, flourishes and dots are among the motifs spotted on the white bisque work of this Barrington potter. 

Rising Sun Earthworks
Rhode Island’s rocky coastline informs the earthenware pieces of June Gonzalez, whose textured pieces range from pie plates and mugs to tiny bowls.

The Little Clay Studio
In addition to supplying richly glazed tableware to restaurants like Gracie’s, Metacom Kitchen, and Waterman Grille, The Little Clay Studio in Providence provides a hands-on ceramics education and livelihood for adults with disabilities. 

Three Wheel Studio
Mugs with blue insides and exteriors reminiscent of sea urchins hail from this studio and gallery on Providence’s Wickenden Street. The space also features pieces by proprietor Dwo Wen Chen, known for his series of imprinted botanicals, sold by national retailer Terrain.