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10 Easy Pieces: Ceramic Utensil Crocks

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Ever look at your stovetop area and feel like something is just missing? In my kitchen, what’s lacking is a chic way to organize my cooking utensils. My dream is to have one crock devoted to metal spatulas, spoons, etc, and one specifically for wooden tools. Ceramic holders, in particular, can evoke either a rustic, playful, or modern design sense—while adding a touch of earthiness to all that stainless steel.

From the classic to the colorful, here are 10 favorite picks.

This Antique Pitcher in Terracotta from Greek homeware store TRELA is glazed in a deep, olive green, and was hand-thrown in Hungary in the 19th century. The jug’s classic silhouette lends itself well to wooden instruments; €90.00.
Above: This Antique Pitcher in Terracotta from Greek homeware store TRELA is glazed in a deep, olive green, and was hand-thrown in Hungary in the 19th century. The jug’s classic silhouette lends itself well to wooden instruments; €90.00.
This classic stoneware utensil holder from West Elm’s Mill Kitchen line features an exposed clay rim and is wide enough to hold a variety of tools. 6.5″ diameter x 7″ H; $40.50.
Above: This classic stoneware utensil holder from West Elm’s Mill Kitchen line features an exposed clay rim and is wide enough to hold a variety of tools. 6.5″ diameter x 7″ H; $40.50.
From Heath Ceramics, this unique Utensil Crock in Shell and Dark Moon is fired in a matte blue gradient of Dark Moon and Shell on the exterior, and glossy Midnight on the interior. This color combination is available seasonally, for a limited time. 5.75″ H x 5.5″ diameter; $261.
Above: From Heath Ceramics, this unique Utensil Crock in Shell and Dark Moon is fired in a matte blue gradient of Dark Moon and Shell on the exterior, and glossy Midnight on the interior. This color combination is available seasonally, for a limited time. 5.75″ H x 5.5″ diameter; $261.
This sturdy ceramic jug, from iconic Leach Pottery, would make a handsome home for wooden utensils. Part of Leach Pottery’s Standard Ware line, each jug is hand-thrown and painted in either Ash Glaze, Tenmoku, or Dolomite. Measures approximately 28.5 cm x 10 cm; £126.00.
Above: This sturdy ceramic jug, from iconic Leach Pottery, would make a handsome home for wooden utensils. Part of Leach Pottery’s Standard Ware line, each jug is hand-thrown and painted in either Ash Glaze, Tenmoku, or Dolomite. Measures approximately 28.5 cm x 10 cm; £126.00.
From French-English-Spanish tableware brand Vaisselle, this playfully glazed Drink Me jug comes in a white-and-blue checkerboard pattern and would look just as good holding spoons as flowers. 20 x 18 x 11 cm; £85.00.
Above: From French-English-Spanish tableware brand Vaisselle, this playfully glazed Drink Me jug comes in a white-and-blue checkerboard pattern and would look just as good holding spoons as flowers. 20 x 18 x 11 cm; £85.00.
The Cambria Stoneware crock from PotteryBarn adds a rustic touch to the stovetop. 6.5″ Diameter x 7″ H; $34.50.
Above: The Cambria Stoneware crock from PotteryBarn adds a rustic touch to the stovetop. 6.5″ Diameter x 7″ H; $34.50.
This simple porcelain crock is handmade by potter Marcie McGoldrick, who was a stylist for many years at Martha Stewart Living before turning her talents to ceramics. 5.5″ Diameter x 5.5″ H; $145 from Bloomist.
Above: This simple porcelain crock is handmade by potter Marcie McGoldrick, who was a stylist for many years at Martha Stewart Living before turning her talents to ceramics. 5.5″ Diameter x 5.5″ H; $145 from Bloomist.
This Speckled Stoneware Crock from Schoolhouse is individually crafted in NYC by the founder of Brooklyn ceramics studio Rachaelpots. 5″ H x 4.75″ Diameter; $48.
Above: This Speckled Stoneware Crock from Schoolhouse is individually crafted in NYC by the founder of Brooklyn ceramics studio Rachaelpots. 5″ H x 4.75″ Diameter; $48.
From Danish favorite Hay, this Dark Terracotta Vase from the Facade collection is ridged on its surface for a geometric effect. Made from terracotta with an unglazed exterior and glazed interior (protecting from water and whatever else might make its way off of a spatula), the vase measures at 22 cm tall x 11 cm wide. Available from Hay dealers.
Above: From Danish favorite Hay, this Dark Terracotta Vase from the Facade collection is ridged on its surface for a geometric effect. Made from terracotta with an unglazed exterior and glazed interior (protecting from water and whatever else might make its way off of a spatula), the vase measures at 22 cm tall x 11 cm wide. Available from Hay dealers.
From UK design store Freight, this earthenware utensil jar is glazed on the interior and unglazed on the exterior for a lovely contrast. 15.5 cm H x 10.5 cm diameter; £33.00
Above: From UK design store Freight, this earthenware utensil jar is glazed on the interior and unglazed on the exterior for a lovely contrast. 15.5 cm H x 10.5 cm diameter; £33.00

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