the fifty united plates by ceramic designers corbe company the fifty united plates by ceramic designers corbe company
jul 16, 2013

the fifty united plates by ceramic designers corbe company

the fifty united plates by ceramic designers corbe company
all images courtesy of corbe company




based on the traditional map of the united states ‘the fifty united plates’ is a collection from american ceramic designers, corbé company. made of porcelain, the project crosses the boundaries of craft, art and design. constructed to scale the unique pieces fit seamlessly in with their neighbor, to collectively form the entire nation. ‘they’re a tribute to where you are, what you’re making, doing, eating, loving and living.’ says the designers, ‘it’s a local project – built for our neighbors… made only greater in its relation to another person, another place – a spread known as the fifty united plates.’ using a combination of new technologies with traditional ceramic processes, each piece highlights the persona of the maker. digital files of the states are created with the information needed to effectively cut a prototype on a CNC router. liquid ceramic slip is then poured into a plaster mold – fired in an electric kiln, the casting is finished by hand and sanded to be buttery smooth. every state has approximately 40-55 square inches of interior space and they range from 11-13” at the longest dimension. ‘the fifty united plates’ has launched a kickstarter to help support the project’s creation.



‘the 50 united plates’
video courtesy of ryan lawless



washington strawberry-rhubarb pie



texas cornbread with florida & oregon



california and washington plates



oregon plate



michigan plate



camp-style denizen mugs are a reward level



anatomy of a state plate



the fifty united plates is copyright of corbé company



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  • Not much thought & design process into the product. It’s a bland concept that’s playing with the 2-D graphic.

    Steve says:
  • I think Florida would have to be used for kitten litter

    Phil says:
  • I think it’s neat! An original..this CA native will be purchasing one. I will put olives in it at our next party.

    Una says:
  • …very cool and unique – had appetizers tonight and the design for us was perfect – a lot of positive comments around the table! Great job guys!! Here’s to continued success – Cheers!!

    John says:

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