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tiny nesting bowls - set of 4

by Kristin Nelson
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  • the story

Stacked in Your Favor

These handmade nesting bowls may be small in size, but they are large in imagination. Nestled in the vibrantly colored interior of each bowl is a unique illustration, evoking the mystery of ancient cave drawings, or the exuberance of childhood drawings. The bright interior contrasts nicely against the white exterior with hand-drawn black stripes. The varied sizes are perfect for holding jewelry, bedside essentials, coins, candy--or simply leave them on display, filled with wonder. Handmade in Seattle, Washington.

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ceramic, glaze
range from 3-6" dia. x 2" H.
The dishes are top rack dishwasher safe: position them securely in the machine so that they will not knock against anything else and chip. Not recommended for microwave or freezer use.
This item is breakable ceramic and not intended for small children.
  • the maker

Kristin Nelson

A Seattle native, Kristin Nelson has been a ceramic artist since 1983. She has a background in fashion design and textiles, and studied weaving in Sweden, receiving her degree in ceramics from the University of Washington. An avid outdoorswoman, she is married to professional kayaker and writer, Nigel Foster. Nelson’s first, line, Kri Kri, was first sold at Barneys New York in 1991. Since then, it has been sold at myriad shops boutiques and museum stores in the US, Canada and Japan. Originally inspired by the wrought iron work in Montreal, where she lived for 5 years, the Kri Kri graphics evolved into an elaborate collection of whimsical creatures and animated botanical ornament inspired by her travels and love of nature. In the beginning all the sake cups, rice bowls and mugs were pinched by hand! Today, all the originals for the plaster molds are still fashioned in the same way, but slip casting multiples is far more efficient and the results are lighter in weight and more uniform. Over the years tools have been acquired to facilitate production, yet it is surprising how many steps and how much hands on work still goes into each individual piece. Once upon a time, there were employees at Kri Kri Studio. Today, it is only Kristin. Fortunately, she has come to enjoy the strategy of producing large orders and, having gained a pretty good understanding of the processes involved, become quite efficient at it. Equally important is that the quality of her work has gone up. Designs and products are continually evolving. It remains her passion and it's still fun!

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275votes, 42 comments

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

The vibrant colors and unique illustrations in these bowls really caught our eye, and our imagination.Would you love a set of handmade ceramic nesting bowls?

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I like them except for the designs in the bowls

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I like the dog but not the other designs.

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Love seeing the dishwasher, microwave, and freezer recommendations in the description. I love the color combination on these, but I just can't think of a reason for tiny nesting bowls besides clutter.

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Exquisite and primitive-evoking. Lusicous color!


Great gift giving. Wonderful color.

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I love them, great way to hold your snacks or use when you are cooking to hold items like chopped onions.

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These bowls are gorgeous and add both a happy mood and contemporary sophistication to your tabletop.


The colors are amazing and make your table look festive. Use them for salt or other small sauces and appetizers. They are great gifts! The designs are all unique and whimsical. they brighten up your day. I LOVE mine!

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These little bowls are perfect for holding sauces in the kitchen or for candy or nuts. I love the pretty colors!

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These always make any food event special!

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I have been a collector of Kristin Nelson's work for many years, and having her work on display in your house or in use on your desk or entry hall table will brighten up your whole life.

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These are beautiful bowls. I have several of them and I always get nice compliments every time I use them when guests come over.

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You have to feel these bowls in your hands to appreciate how wonderful they are. The artistic craftsmanship is exquisite and the colors are amazing!

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I use them every day for cereal, olives, lattes, nuts etc. Absolutely stunning!

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just beautiful... love the colors and design.

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LOVE these

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The designs are a little scary- remind me of cells and biology class

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I love the colors and the nesting bowls are special favorites. I use them constantly and they hold up well; not easy to chip or break. Children are enchanted with them and they are wonderful gifts for special friends.

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inside designs should be changed into more cutsy things

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KRI KRI makes food fun. I love my KRI KRI.

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I like them, although the pictures on the bottom look like a child drew them. At least they are at the bottom of the bowl and not on the outside.

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I always need little bowls! olives and pits; garnishes, nibblies... These look nice as a set too.


I like that they are from the US, especially WA but the designs aren't really my style

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I would want nesting bowls that are level across the top when nested. Internal designs are odd.

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so charming, great gift idea

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I have some of these~love!

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too small to be of much use

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I am a practical person, but I love doing it beautifully - these fit the bill!

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What do the symbols mean, if anything?

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Love the simplicity of the bowl design and illustrations!

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Cute, but I agree with Gina. They would just add clutter.

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I can't believe people are still making stuff that can't go in the microwave. It is too hard to keep up with dishes (bowls) that are not fully kitchen friendly. I would not buy this.

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love love

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Very pretty The graphic is simple and primitive and still rather sophisticated.

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Love these - they are gorgeous!

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These are interesting...I don't think I would purchase them personally but I could see others liking these bowls.

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Nope! Too primitive and not realistic enough to be primitive!

Leigh Ann
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very cute. i like the designs in the bottom of the bowls. and made in the US of A!!

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I've seen primitive designs of much nicer quality elsewhere. These could be much better.

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I'm voting thumbs down because it can't go into the microwave if someone wanted to use them as snack bowls.


I'm a support the USA gal.

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