These Dishes and Cups Are Permanently Covered in Ants

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Ants on your dishware usually aren’t something you want to see.  For many people, it’s a surefire way to ruin a lunch. Yet Evelyn Bracklow, a German artist, wants to put ants on your dishes, permanently. She’s created a set of porcelain plates covered with tiny hand-painted ants and it’s a mix of intriguing, horrifying and strangely beautiful.

The plates are classic white porcelain, with borders of gold paint varying in width. Yes they’re a little creepy, and yes, the thought of drinking your coffee while tiny ants stare at you from the bottom of your cup is a tad disconcerting, but alas, art! Apparently, Bracklow was inspired to create the unique dishware after seeing a real ants descend upon a real plate of food. “ The ants symbolize all the stories that any formerly discarded piece of porcelain carries with it. Where one once dined and drank, today ants bustle in ever new formations, every single one applied with a great love for detail,” she explained to Demilk.

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You can find Bracklow’s work on Etsy.

Picthx Evelyn Bracklow



Nora Landis-Shack was born to be a foodie. With a classically trained French chef for a father, she’s been exploring new tastes since she was big enough to help chop vegetables for dinner. Pig’s feet, frog’s legs, and tripe are delicious child’s play. Which isn’t to say she doesn’t love a great steak. Because she does. With frites, please.



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  • Linda Lovelush

    That’s actually kinda cool. In a creepy sort of way. You have to appreciate the precision of such a thing.