I spend a lot of time looking at my dog’s food and water bowls: filling, cleaning, checking to see whether she finished her dinner before I give her a treat… so why not give myself (and my dog) something pretty to look at?
Handmade ceramic bowls allow you to match your dog’s gear–which, let’s be honest, can be pretty utilitarian-looking–to the rest of your home. They look nice, they’re harder for your dog to flip over, and who doesn’t like buying some fancy stuff for their pet?
Yes, ceramic bowls are more expensive, but the vast majority of bowls in this post are truly handmade, meaning that you’re supporting an independent artist and not some big corporation. Make your home look good and feel good while you’re doing it–win win!
While the “aesthetic” groupings in this post are a bit subjective and overlapping, we’re sure you’ll find something that’s just your style.
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Interior Design Style: Classic or Americana
These dog bowls have a classic style to them that could fit into most homes. These options are great for homes that either have a classic Americana style, or are still figuring out their style and want something that will go with anything.
- First up in our list is a true classic Americana style with Mark and Graham’s Gingham Ceramic Dog Bowl. It comes in two sizes (small and large) and can be personalized with your dog’s name. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Purchase here.
- The next style is also from Mark and Graham, and despite being hand-dipped ceramic, gives us varsity jersey vibes. Like the previous option, it comes in large and small, can be personalized with your dog’s name, and is dishwasher and microwave safe. Purchase here.
- Etsy seller Susabellas is next with this white dog bowl with a classic big dog bone on the front. You can personalize it with your dog’s name in any of seven different colors. This bowl is better suited for small or medium dogs. Hand-wash only, do not microwave. Purchase here.
- Few things are more classic than dog prints on a dog bowl. KzooKilnworks offers 6 different colors and 5 different sizes so you’re sure to find something that suits your pup. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Purchase here.
Honorable mention: these stoneware bowls with decorative handles from Polaris Pottery.
Note: while nearly all of the items in this blog post are handmade, we’re not entirely sure about the Mark and Graham ones. Still, they fit the aesthetic, so they’re on the list.
Interior Design Style: “Clean”
While “dog bowls” and “clean” don’t always go together, a well-designed handmade ceramic bowl can get you partway there. The “clean” style refers to the bare, simple design that looks unfussy but put-together.
- This natural stoneware dog bowl from Animals In Charge is the epitome of clean design with a wide base, low edges, and beautiful white glaze. The low design might not be suited for dogs with long ears (such as Spaniels). The bowls are dishwasher, oven, and freezer safe. Purchase here.
- Etsy seller Caractacus Pots is up next with these simple, wheel-thrown stoneware dog bowls. The outside is clean and simple. If you want a surprise pop of color, you can pick from multiple different jewel tones. Contact the seller if you want customization past your pup’s name. Purchase here.
- Fable is a well-known brand within the pet industry, offering beautiful, minimalist products. These ceramic dog bowls have a glossy interior, weighted base, and are available in 4 muted colors. Hand-wash or clean in the top rack of a dishwasher. Purchase here.
- Leave it to Pottery Barn to make the perfect, clean looking bowls. These bowls have white glaze on the top and inside, with “raw” material at the base. Available in 3 sizes, and are microwave and dishwasher safe. Purchase here.
Interior Design Style: Modern
Modern design has some of the same sleekness that the previous section does, but leans into the stark minimalism a little bit more. These modern ceramic dog bowls would look perfect in a minimalist, modern kitchen.
- This modern dog bowl from Etsy seller Zuze Ceramics is simple yet stylish, with a single golden line around the outside. Purchase here.
- Mog & Bone out of Australia is up next with this sharp-looking ceramic dog bowl. Their website offers two sizes. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Purchase here.
- Little Donkey Supply has a modern take on the half-glazed, half-exposed pottery style. This bowl is currently sold out (August 2022) but you can sign up for notifications. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Purchase here.
- Last but not least is this modern mountain design from Less is More Designs, for dogs (and dog owners) who love the great outdoors. This bowl comes in three sizes and is dishwasher and microwave safe. Purchase here.
Interior Design Style: Vintage
The term “vintage” covers a lot of styles because, well, there’s a lot of past. But whether you’re into a specific vintage style, or like a mix of different styles, we’ve got options for you.
- While this design from Orvis may not technically be “handmade” in the same way that the Etsy bowls are, we’ll give them a pass because they make such beautiful products. This ceramic bowl comes in a couple different color options, featuring a pointer or fish print. These are perfect for “hunting cabin” aesthetics. These are one size and dishwasher safe. Purchase here.
- This ceramic dog bowl from Etsy seller Willow and Vessel makes us think of the 60s and 70s with their uniquely colored ceramic dishes. The grooves are hand-carved. One size, dishwasher safe. Purchase here.
- This handmade bowl from Charlotte’s Ceramic Art on Etsy has a beautiful deep green hue (although other colors are available). You can customize the bowl with your dog’s (or cat’s) name. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Purchase here.
- The Lulu Bird has a speckly, vintage-inspired ceramic dog bowl that we love. It’s currently on pre-order (as of August 2022) but will arrive at your house within a month of ordering. Two sizes available, with name customization. The tapered shape makes it sturdy and hard to tip over. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Purchase here.
Interior Design Style: Earthy
What do we mean by earthy? Hopefully the pictures themselves are self-explanatory, but handmade pottery lends itself well to a very natural, perfect-in-its imperfections style that leans heavily on colors you’d find in nature. Lots of browns, greens, blues, and tans, with fewer straight lines than you might find in a modern style.
- This “dusk” ceramic bowl from Sterling & Son is the emodiment of an earthy, natural aesthetic. It’s best for small or medium dogs, and is dishwasher safe. Purchase here. While you’re on their website, check out the “sea foam” bowl as well.
- Next up is a greens-and-blues option from Etsy seller Black Lab Ceramics made on a potter’s wheel with red stoneware clay. Purchase here.
- This next ceramic bowl from Bristow Pottery is earthy in a different way that reminds us of the Southwest. The dark brown clay peeking through the white glaze gives this a unique but natural vibe. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Purchase here.
- Next up is Holman Pottery which has a variety of organic-colored dog bowls in “desert”, “Blue Earth”, “Red Earth”, “Smoky Blue” and “Green Earth” color paletes. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Purchase here.
Honorable mention: this earthy paw-print bowl from Etsy seller Purple Heather Pottery.
Interior Design Style: Artsy
With handmade ceramic dog bowls, no two items are exactly the same. That’s doubly true for bowls in this category, that reflect the creative, free side of design that reminds us a bit of our canine’s wild energy.
- For the Furry has these beautiful Jackson Pollock-style ceramic bowls. These bowls have sold out before and it’s no wonder. They’re available in two sizes, have a high gloss finish, and of course, each one is unique. Purchase here.
- Emerson Creek Pottery is up next with these adorable bowls that remind us of art class. Whimsical, fun, and made in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can personalize your bowl. Dishwasher safe. Purchase here.
- This next bowl from Winnie Lou is one of my favorites on the list. The stark yellow contrast has a modern art feel, but the speckles make it fun. This comes in three sizes and is dishwasher and microwave safe. Purchase here.
- Another favorite on this list is this ceramic bowl from Rex Designs. While the outside is plain speckly brown (much like beach sand), the inside is a surreal surprise of blue and white, like the ocean or sky. Purchase here.
Interior Design Style: Eclectic
Eclectic is a great design style to have because you aren’t limited in what you can use. An eclectic style might come from Goodwill finds, craft projects, hand-me-downs, and a mix of the new and modern. These handmade dog bowls look eclectic and unique, but well-crafted to give your dog’s feeding area some polish.
- The “Dew Bowl” from the Grateful Pet reminds us of summer potlucks with varying dishes and plates. If your home has a mixed, classic style, this bowl will fit right in. It’s microwave and dishwasher safe. Purchase here.
- This patchwork ceramic dog bowl from Sit and Stay Ceramics is eclectic in itself, and will fit right in inside an eclectic home. It has bright, floral colors and holds about 16 oz. Dishwasher safe. Purchase here.
- Next up is a speckly blue design that is one part Delftware, one part modern art. It’s made by Nickey Kehoe and is part of a larger home collection, if you’d like to coordinate stoneware with your pup. Purchase here.
- Next up we have a marble, terracotta-colored design from Rex Designs that is a little bit retro but still looks current. It comes in two sizes (as well as two other colors). Purchase here.
Interior Design Style: “Modern Farmhouse”
A style that’s the current reigning queen (at least if Target is to be believed) is “modern farmhouse”, a style that leans on French aesthetics, clean design, simple vintage pieces, and a lot of white. It’s pretty but not fussy, which we love.
- These Laurel Dog Bowls from Farmhouse Pottery are available separately and as a pair. This clean design would fit in perfectly with farmhouse decor. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Purchase here.
- This next option is also from Farmhouse Pottery, albeit sold through Food52’s website. These handmade ceramic dog bowls have a bit of texture that keeps them interesting, while still maintaining a simple overall look. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Purchase here.
- These bowls are just too cute! Get the “Bosa White” set from Such a Nice Life for a charming French style. Suited for small and medium dogs. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Purchase here.
- This last bowl takes a simple idea–white glaze over stoneware–and elevates it with a charming scallop design. Get this “Miss Indy” bowl from Joye Made Clay on Etsy, available in three sizes. Purchase here.
Honorable mention: these French country-style bowls from Olivela.
Interior Design Style: Cheerful
A lot of people design their homes for other people, whether that’s visitors, Instagram, or the Zillow photo listings years down the line. While we understand the practicality of that approach, there’s a lot to be said for adding color and strong personality into your home. These ceramic bowls invoke a feeling of joy without trying to fit into any boxes.
- These ceramic dog bowls from Megan Louise Ceramics are tropical and fun. Choose either a fish or dog bowl, along with your dog’s name. Comes in 5 colors and 2 sizes. Hand-wash recommended. Purchase here.
- Sweet Sapling Studio has a whismical food bowl for your (small) dog or cat. Customize your pet’s name, color of stripes,and design elements such as favorite toys. Dishwasher safe. Purchase here.
- Blue Hen Craft has cheerful bowls in over a dozen hues. If your house is colorful and fun, this bowl would fit right in. You also have the option of different sizes and styles, including a wide base or flared edge. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Purchase here.
- Last but not least is a bowl that’s a mix of cheerful and simple from HKA Ceramics. The clean design makes it look current, but with a fun pop of color that you might not see in most modern aesthetic options. Select from a range of sizes (including XXL and a special bowl to keep Spaniel ears dry). Purchase here.
Not An Aesthetic But: Handmade Ceramic “Slow” Dog Feeders
While these aren’t technically an aesthetic, some dog owners would like a ceramic bowl but have a dog that eats wayyy too fast. This section addresses both issues with well-made “slow” dog feeders that help your pup eat a more reasonable pace.
- First up is a clean white design from 516 Ceramics. This bowl is made with extra thick ceramic for weight and durability. Dishwasher safe but hand-washing is recommended. Purchase here.
- For an earthier option, check out Etsy seller Swanky Ceramics Store. These speckled bowls come in 4 sizes from small to extra large. Dishwasher and microwave safe although hand-washing is recommended. Purchase here.
- Swanky Ceramics also sells a more colorful slow feeder option, with any of 5 different inside colors, with a speckly white exterior. Purchase here.
- And finally this ceramic bowl from Pawness is vintage green color, although other colors and sizes are available. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Purchase here.
And that’s a wrap! We hope you’ve enjoyed this roundup. What style do you like best? And do you and your pup share the same interior design aesthetic?