Give your tablescape a flavour of the Med with these evocative ceramics.

You may not, alas, be dining with a view of the twinkling sun-kissed Med right now. However, with some colourful tablewares, inspired cooking choices and beautiful linens you can at least re-create your favourite laidback Italian trattoria, Greek taverna or Spanish tapas bar in your own back garden – all without the airfare.

We have rounded up a host of beautiful hand-made artisan pieces, plus high-street dupes for every budget to transport your al fresco dining to sunnier climes this summer.

Soho Home

Casa de Folklore Small Bowl, £20

Handmade from raw clay and painted using a heritage Romanian painting technique, this distinctive bowl is perfect for aperitif nibbles. Pick out some of the key colours in your glassware for a stylish tablescaping feel. Buy it here.


Sicilia Ceramic Basket, £40

We love the beautiful Cerulean blue and the delicate basket weave design here – it would be perfect lined with a crisp white linen napkin and piled high with ciabatta bread to break at the table with friends and family. Buy it here.

Maison Margaux

Portuguese Morning Blue 3-Piece Set, £68.50

A pretty pastel set for a breakfast table, this trio of tableware pays homage to the blue street tiles found in many Portuguese cities. Buy it here.

Sous Chef

Andalucia Dinner Plate, £14

A classic blue and white pattern that will showcase your bright summer salads perfectly, all authentically hand-painted in Andalucia. Buy it here.

We Are Nomads

Moroccan Tamegroute Platter, £60

The beautiful deep green aquatic glaze of this traditional Tamegroute platter is exactly the thing for piling high with couscous or rice salads at a summer BBQ. Buy it here.

Pentreath & Hall

Pugliese Splatterware Bowl, £45

A fun statement design, this traditional Pugliese splatterware features this season’s hottest hues: lavender and tangerine. Plus, we love that it’s made by ceramicists who have been honing their pottery designs for some eighteen generations. Great filled with seasonal seafood pasta. Buy it here.


Amalfi Blue Poseidon Side Plate, £19.50

The mix-and-match charm of these illustrated ceramics is reminiscent of traditional trattoria ware from southern Italy. Build your own collection to fill your table with a rainbow of designs. Just right for long, laid-back lunches. Buy it here.

Zara Home

Picasso Earthenware Jug, £69

Inspired by Picasso’s illustrations, this official collaboration of tablewares with Zara includes this great earthenware jug. Use it as a water pitcher or a centrepiece to your table filled with seasonal blooms for a French villa feel. Buy it here.

Bode Living

Ristretto Mugs, Set of 4, £23

These handleless coffee cups add a splash of colour to a morning coffee – simply add fresh pastries and the morning papers for a relaxed, stylish brunch. Buy it here.

By Lydia Mansi
May 2022

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