GRAY Home + Lifestyle Launches GRAY Pottery

Thirty years after opening on downtown Excelsior’s Water Street, Gray Gardens Home was purchased last year by mother-daughter duo Dee Dee and Chloe Lappen. They rechristened it GRAY Home + Lifestyle, and along with the new name, they gave the storefront a fresh, modern look, and filled it with a thoughtful selection of goods for the home, kitchen, garden, and wardrobe. 

Recently, the store debuted GRAY Pottery, its own collection of ceramics. The 16-piece line of dishes, serveware, and even a coffee pour-over features soft, natural curves and classic shapes—an ideal combination with the store’s selection of modern wood, brass, and copper tabletop goods and a natural extension of the store’s selection of artisan-made, small-batch, and specialty-oriented goods.

GRAY Pottery is just the latest example of the au courant movement toward modern ceramics. In recent years, the ancient craft has been in the midst of a comeback—The New York Times style section and Vogue magazine recently devoted coverage to the trend, and handmade ceramics are showing up at high-end fashion retailers such as Steven Alan and modern home goods chains including West Elm.

The collection was designed by GRAY and manufactured by Minnesota-based heritage maker Red Wing Stoneware Co., founded in 1877 in Red Wing, Minnesota. “We love the heritage behind them,” says Chloe, “so it was a no brainer to ask them to produce it for us.”

Shop the collection in store @ 366 Water St., Excelsior, 952-474-9150, and online @

GRAY Pottery pitchers


GRAY Pottery crock pot
GRAY Pottery water cooler mug
GRAY Pottery coffee pour-over (shown with water cooler mug)
GRAY Pottery latté mug
GRAY Pottery creamer
GRAY Pottery batter bowl
GRAY berry bowl
GRAY Pottery bowl
GRAY Pottery toothpick holder
GRAY Pottery honeypot
GRAY Pottery sugar holder
GRAY Pottery utensil holder
GRAY Pottery butter crock
GRAY Pottery plates
GRAY Pottery nesting bowl