I founded Gwan-im to produce modern chinoiserie. When I was writing my cookbook, Jia! The Food of Swatow and the Teochew Diaspora, I searched far and wide for tableware to use in photos. I wanted beautiful pieces that would complement the cuisine I was writing about — dishes rooted in China but globally influenced, with a healthy balance between traditional and modern. When I came up short at my local Asian stores and online, I decided to start a company to make the pieces myself.
Designed in collaboration with other artists of color, Gwan-im plates are now available to brighten your home and table too. These porcelain pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe, and seamlessly transition from decor to functional tableware. Currently offered in 6⅛” coupe and 7” rimmed options, these plates are perfect for appetizers, desserts, sides, pickles, pastries, jewelry, keys, and just displaying on their own.
the California collection
Pieces in Gwan-im’s inaugural California line feature non-native flora that eventually found their way to the Golden State. These species, though once foreign, have become essential to California’s unique landscape over time. Each artist was asked to incorporate a few of these non-native species in her own updated interpretation of chinoiserie. Learn more about the plates in the shop.