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Where There’s Fire There’s Ryan Fletcher Designs

Porcelain dinnerware used in Kansas City’s hottest restaurants can come home to your kitchen.

We first noticed Ryan Fletcher’s sculptural plates at this fall’s ArtsKC breakfast when the white ceramic dishes were both food vessels and take-home gifts. Since then we’ve learned how this Kansas City Art Institute graduate creates his plates — he calls them sculptural pedestals — to showcase a chef’s masterpieces.

Take the Social Club dinner at The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, with four courses served on Fletcher’s “Paper Plates,” crafted of high-fire porcelain. Each course, including Chef Howard Hannah’s rabbit with braised greens and olive oil aioli, was made even more visually striking by the waves and dips of the dish.

Likewise, Fletcher’s “Tapas Micro” plates enhance Chef Celina Tio’s appetizers at Julian, her Brookside restaurant. And who wouldn’t have wanted to be a guest when three of Kansas City’s top pastry chefs, Natasha Goellner, Nick Wesemann and Carter Holton, served exquisite desserts on 80 of Fletcher’s porcelain plates for a Crossroads Social Club event?

Lucky for us, Fletcher’s functional art is available for purchase ($25 to $66) through his website. Suddenly, our take-out Triple Delight from Bo Lings looks amazing.

Photo from Ryan Fletcher Design.com