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Ceramist Brenda Quinn creates the perfect plate

For summer entertaining, we’re stashing the gilded china in favor of ceramist Brenda Quinn’s earthy-pretty tableware. A former landscaper, Quinn plucks inspiration for her free-form etchings straight from the garden — honeysuckle, a daisy’s petals, even the humble carrot.

Though the King of Prussia native and Tyler School of Art grad is now based in New York, you can score her much-dished-about pieces at The Clay Studio in Old City. Look for tiles with bold Middle Eastern-inspired patterns, pitchers engraved with twisty vines, all manner of dinner-party musts and, coming soon, sweet elephant and bird designs.

$15-$300 at The Clay Studio, 137-139 North 2nd Street, 215-925-3453,
theclaystudio.org; brendaquinn.com.