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You may be a year shy of a decade of marriage, but that doesn’t mean your ninth wedding anniversary is any less important! Traditionally, this anniversary is symbolized by pottery, but the origins behind this tradition remain mysterious. Some say that a pot of water represents continued sustenance or the couple’s future. Others say it’s a sign that has been transformed into something beautiful over time. Others, still, attribute it to an icon of family and home.
All of these qualities makes pottery a great gift for any anniversary year, regardless of traditional and modern customs (it's totally ok to go off-theme!). Also, the modern gift for the ninth anniversary is leather, if it turns out pottery isn't your thing, The options are endless!
If you do stick with tradition for the ninth anniversary, it’s likely your kitchen may be getting an upgrade. That’s because some of the best pieces of pottery come in the shape of plates, serving ware, and trays. along with a few other items made in a kiln, from earrings to ring dishes. That’s not to mention some useful ceramic options like a diffuser and a styling iron, for a modern-day twist on a traditional theme.
Read on for the best pottery gifts that will fire you up.
H. Shadron Pottery Personalized Wedding Bowls
Bring it all back to your wedding day with this set of personalized wedding bowls, which nest right into one another. You can inscribe them with a personal message for a special touch. We suggest including the date of your anniversary, coupled with your names together.
Blomus Sablo Ceramic Dinnerware & Serveware
By now, you’re probably due for some new dinnerware. Look no further than this ceramic option, which includes everything from a set of dinner plates to a set of soup bowls in its line. While you’ll need to buy some of the pieces as separate sets, the full collection is something you’ll have for a long time to come. Made of colored clay, quartz, and minerals, it’ll sit pretty on your shelves, too.
Flex Yoga Emily Stemless Wine Glasses
Add some color to the bar cart with this set of hand-thrown stemless wine glasses. Featuring shades of speckled brown and green, they emit bohemian vibes that we can see fitting right in with some indie decor or a cozy cabin look. Make them extra special by bringing them out for a toast on every future anniversary.
Nomad Botanicals Ultrasonic Ceramic Diffuser
This modern ceramic diffuser will help your home feel like a spa. Add essential oils of your choice, and they will diffuse them continuously for around four hours across 400 square feet of space. It also includes a light feature to enhance the ambiance as well as a wall adaptor.
T3 SinglePass Wave Professional Tapered Ceramic Styling Wand
This tapered styling wand creates the ultimate waves. Featuring Digital T3 SinglePass technology for fast, even heating and a barrel that ranges from 1.25 inches to .75 inches, this styling wand leaves hair frizz-free, polished, and beautiful.
Boska Ceramic Chocolate Fondue Set
No one needs a fondue set—but it’s always fun to have one around, especially when you want an at-home date night. This one will elevate your dessert game by transforming chocolate bars into warm, chocolatey lava. All you’ll need are some strawberries, pretzels, and marshmallows to dip right in.
Farmhouse Pottery Splattered Platter
Whether you’re serving up meats, cheese, fruit, or all of the above, this platter has got you covered. Handmade and hand painted by artisans, no two versions of this platter look alike, with individual blue splatters for an artsy effect. It’s available in small, medium, and large sizes. Buy one or get them all.
Caraway Home Non-Toxic Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set
Treat yourselves to Caraway Home’s cookware set, one of the gold standards in cookware right now. Made of aluminum and stainless steel, its ceramic coating is nonstick and non-toxic, promising to cook food well and safely. In addition to the typical pan and pot set-up, the set also includes four magnetic pan racks and a canvas lid holder so you can keep everything organized.
Uncommon Goods Color Map Mug
We’ve never seen a sweeter mug idea. Color in the spots of your favorite travels and memories across the map, from the city of your first date to the location of your honeymoon, before gifting the mug to your spouse. Continue to color across the world together as you visit more special places in the future.
BergHOFF Ceramic BBQ
Enjoying your backyard will be that much better with top of the line burgers and dogs. For that, you’ll need the right grill, and BergHOFF’s BBQ is just that. Its ceramic shell keeps heat circulating for fast, even cooking while emitting high temps for searing a steak or roasting some veggies. You can control the air with the ventilation cap and thermometer, adjusting for low-temp smoking.
Kaya Shorty Ceramic Planter
The spouse with a green thumb will be all over these colorful planters. Available in all types of colors and prints, from speckled lavender to aqua stripe, they’ll add pizzazz to any plant. With drainage holes at the bottom, you won’t have to worry about overwatering. Grab one, or a couple for mixing and matching, to liven up the plant collection.
Baked Goods Ceramic Candle
If you’re keeping things simple this anniversary, a ceramic candle is where it’s at. This cozy candle collection not only adds a rustic touch to home decor but smells like something’s baking in the oven. Choose from apple nutmeg pastry, fig and walnut bread, or spiced acorn leaf.
Chantal Ceramic French Press
Whether you’re brewing coffee or steeping tea, this French Press has got you covered. Its ceramic body is better than glass or stainless steel at holding temperatures, keeping drinks warm or cold longer, and a mesh screen and stainless steel plunger prevent any sediments from escaping.
What to look for when buying pottery gifts
First know that there is a difference between pottery and ceramics, however interchangeably the terms may be used. According to Mary Ann Collins, who runs handmade pottery shop Clay by Collins, pottery is typically a type of “vessel” such as a plate, cup, bowl, vase, or planter. A ceramic piece is used to describe a more sculptural or non-functional piece.
“When looking for a piece of pottery for the kitchen or dining table, make sure it is food safe,” she says. One rule of thumb is to look at the type of clay and temperature it was fired it. “Pottery fired at higher temperatures is more food-safe, dishwasher safe, oven safe, and microwave safe," she adds. Most of the time, however, there will be information with the piece saying what is safe for use.
What's the best way to care for pottery?
For handmade pieces, hand-washing is best. Collins says that it’s especially important the piece has gold or metallic details, which means they're not microwave-safe. “High fire clay can be placed in the dishwasher for convenience, but be careful not to load the dishwasher too full,” she says. But if you're unsure about how to care for a piece of handmade pottery, the best thing to do is consult the artist’s instruction.
What's the best type of pottery to get?
It's important to choose the right type of pottery, depending on how the recipient plans to use it. “Some ceramics that are fired at a low-temperature aren't capable of retaining water well," Collins explains. “This means it's not food-safe or great for plants.” Some pottery is meant to be entirely decorative—that's ok too!
Attention green thumbs! Collins warns against using low-temperature fired pottery with glazes for plants. "If there's lead or other chemicals in the glaze, the plant will absorb the chemicals and eventually die once the pot becomes saturated with water."
Meet the Expert
Mary Ann Collins is a ceramicist and owner of NYC-based pottery shop Clay by Collins,
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Hillary Hoffower has over seven years of experience writing for the wedding industry, covering everything from bridal fashion trends to wedding decor. She’s currently decorating her new apartment from scratch, which means she’s spent hours scouring the internet for the best home goods. She’s slowly building out a collection of pottery serving ware for her kitchen.