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Gilded dishware is everywhere these days, from mass catalogs to exclusive design stores. We love the way they add a festive touch to the table, but often the pieces seem too fussy for everyday use, or aren't sturdy enough for the dishwasher.

Now, local ceramicist Lesley Anton has debuted a game-changing collection of handmade, gold-accented cups, bowls and plates that are ideal for everyday use.

We especially like the Dash series of oxidized white plates ($52) and bowls ($38 to $42) with gold luster accents; the Circle bowl, a 15-inch stoneware serving vessel in hypnotic blue with a touch of gold ($200); and the celadon-glazed, gold-dotted Amoeba cups ($30). Just for fun, there's also a gilded ceramic honey-bear ($45).

Since 2001, Anton has made a name for herself in interior-design circles with her inventive table, floor and pendant lamps that mix an Asian sensibility with 1950s Modernist warmth. Now we're looking forward to collecting her tabletop items which likewise shine a little light.

Lesley Anton Ceramics, 5613 San Vicente Blvd., 323-937-5769 or

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