Stuff we covet

Whimsical dinnerware with an artistic twist

Updated: 2013-10-13T01:37:55Z

By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian

The Kansas City Star

I have one of the best urban running routes in America; I’m sure of it.

It takes me past the Roxy Paine tree and giant shuttlecocks on the hills of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; the disembodied heads outside the Kansas City Art Institute’s ceramics building; and La Pudeur, a sculpture by Colombian artist Fernando Botero near the east gallery of the Kemper Museum.

Botero’s art is easily recognizable because it depicts round, chubby people and animals. La Pudeur is a naked lady coyly trying to cover her crotch and ample buttocks with her hands. She makes me smile.

So does the dishware that Christopher West pointed out at Studio Dan Meiners, 2500 West Pennway St. The Botero Stackable Dinner for One dishes are dark on the outside and neon inside ($48.50 a set). When stacked upside down for storage they take on the voluptuous sculptural quality of a Botero.

West, retail manager for the studio, thinks they’d make great gifts for students living in dorms. I’d agree. For more information, call 816-842-7244.

To reach Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, House + Home editor, call 816-234-4780 or send email to

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