MADE by true ar­ti­sans

Crafted in small, fam­ily-run fac­to­ries in Por­tu­gal, on­line re­tailer Made’s din­ner­ware is as cov­etable as its fur­ni­ture

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The dusky palette of Made’s ‘Noah’ range of earth­en­ware comes straight from the fur­ni­ture col­lec­tions we’re see­ing for 2019. Sage, teal and calm­ing calamine con­tinue to be big colour trends – warm, wel­com­ing and hint­ing gen­tly at re­fine­ment. De­signed for re­laxed din­ing, the plates, bowls and mugs in this new line are all made by skilled crafts­peo­ple. In fact, what’s sur­pris­ing about th­ese pieces is the hu­man el­e­ment that’s in­volved in the pro­duc­tion. Each one starts with a hand-carved mould, to en­sure con­sis­tency in size. For a plate, a layer of solid clay is pressed ei­ther side once it has left the mould to form the cor­rect curve, while for a mug or vase, liq­uid clay is poured in and left to set. The re­sult is an im­per­fect, or­ganic look, with each de­sign hand-fin­ished for one-of-a-kind charm.

Since its launch in 2010, Made has cham­pi­oned the skills of ar­ti­sanal pro­duc­ers, and its ce­ramic ac­ces­sories are made in two small, fam­ily-run fac­to­ries in the Al­cobaça re­gion of Por­tu­gal, an area abun­dant in high-qual­ity clay and syn­ony­mous with ce­ramic man­u­fac­ture since an­cient times. The idea with this col­lec­tion is to mix and match, over­lay­ing colours and play­ing with the fact that all three shades are pleas­ingly sim­i­lar – each con­tain­ing tonal hints of grey. Stacked on open shelves, their sub­tle asym­met­ri­cal shapes, rem­i­nis­cent of Poole Pot­tery de­signs from the 1970s, look both com­fort­ingly fa­mil­iar and cool. £79 for a 12-piece din­ner­ware set; mugs, £25 for four (made.com).

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