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Farm to Table Designer Spotlight: Andrew Cottrell

Our third and final designer spotlight for Dillard’s Farm to Table project is Andrew Cottrell.

Andrew designed the Meld Collection, an eclectic way to entertain. This convertible servingware can be used as one piece or separate bowls.


Currently residing in the greater Minneapolis area as an industrial designer, Andrew interned at Collins Design Inc. and studied at the University of Wisconsin.

Spotlight on: Andrew Cottrell

  • Loves exploring the outdoors, snowboarding
  • Enjoys music and photography
  • Skills include Industrial Design, Solidworks, Product Design, Sketching, Manufacturing, User Interface Design, Form Development, Cost Efficiency, Model Making, PDM, Photo Realistic Rendering

Shop the whole Farm to Table collection here. 

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Farm to Table Designer Spotlight: Jennifer Fisher

Today, our Farm to Table designer spotlight falls on Jennifer Fisher.


Jennifer designed our Acacia Wood Stacked Servers.

Shop the rest of the Farm to Table Collection here.

“ I love to design things that are approachable, playful and touchable,” she says of her work.

She owns her own tabletop ceramics company called JFish Designs, where she designs and produces handmade ceramic cups, vases, containers and planters.

Spotlight: Jennifer Fisher

  • Industrial designer with a background in ergonomics
  • Trained at Tufts University and Pratt Institute
  • Previous experience includes kitchenware design and design research
  • Skills include sketching, CAD modeling (SolidWorks) 2D technical drawings (Graphite or SolidWorks), computer rendering (Photoshop/Illustrator & SolidWorks), model making/sculpting, plaster mold making, slipcasting and ceramic finish work (glazing & firing)

Which is your favorite Farm to Table item? Let us know in the comments below!

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You Voted, Now It’s Here: The Farm To Table Collection

Back in 2012, we asked you to vote on your favorite homeware designs submitted through Red Clay for our Farm to Table Collection– and now it’s  here!


Jennifer Fisher, Marco Gallegos and Andrew Cottrell created the winning designs chosen by you to be part of our Farm To Table Collection, which has just hit stores!

Shop the Farm To Table collection here and check back in the next few days for some insight into why the designers created the dishes that they did.

Did you vote for any of these dishes in the Farm to Table Collection?


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Our Fall 2013 Home Collections: What’s Your Entertaining Style?

Elegant yet homey.

Relaxed sophistication.

What’s your entertaining  style? Is it defined by the décor of your house? The theme of the gathering?

How about the dishes on your table? We want you to pick the pieces of our Fall 2013 Home Collections.

Like this servingware from designer Stefan Marjanovic. Clean lines and simple elegance make this set a must for fall entertaining.


The same can be said for designer Chariton Alexakis’s soup bowl. It exudes a timeless elegance, yet has a modern look and feel.

soup bowl

Have you voted yet for our Fall 2013 Home Collections? Be the buyer and help us decide!

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Choose Our Fall 2013 Home Collections: So-Soft Blankets

It’s that time of year when crisp, cooler air makes intimate gatherings with loved ones that much cozier.

Dillard’s and Red Clay would love to be a part of it – and we want your input on our Fall 2013 Home collections. Vote for your favorite designer submissions, and we will put them in stores this autumn!

Like these blankets, designed by Maia Ming Fong. The muted colors normally associated with fall are tempered with earthy greens and  bright fuchsias.


Thrown over your favorite chair or mixed with some neutral pillows , these blankets are sure to give any home a peaceful,  relaxing atmosphere that will beckon others in.


Vote here to see these blankets in stores for Fall 2013. Browse the other submissions here in Dillard’s Fall 2013 Home Collections.

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Dillard’s Next Tabletop Designers Revealed!

Dillard’s and Red Clay are excited to announce not 1 but 3 (!) winners for the Red Clay Farm to Table Design project!

You told us which wooden servingware you wanted to see in our stores for April 2013 – and here they are.

(Drumroll, please).



Congratulations to:



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Farm To Table Project: Last Day to Vote!

Growing up, my family had china, fine china, Christmas china – and paper plates. More often than not, if I was being schlepped to dance class or Girl Scouts, I was eating off a paper plate (or out of a bag).

But, every now and again, there was this great big wooden serving bowl that my mother would use to serve simple salads or soups out of. It had the most beautiful shape and finish – plus a wood grain texture that made it different from all our other servingware.  And therefore, I remember it (I couldn’t even tell you what color our regular china was).

Many of the submissions in Dillard’s Farm to Table design project remind me of this bowl – not because they look similar, but because they leave a lasting impression.

The Farm to Table voting deadline has been extended until tonight at midnight – it is the last day to vote on which designs will be sold in Dillard’s stores in 2013!

Like this bowl? Vote here for it in the Red Clay Farm to Table project.

Smoked Salmon-Avocado Salad would be tasty and easy to serve from this bowl.

Like this bowl? Vote here for it in the Red Clay Farm to Table project.

Try serving some Quick Hummus Dip in this bowl; pair it with flatbread, pita chips or your favorite vegetable.

Like this bowl? Vote here for it in the Red Clay Farm to Table project.

The temperatures will be changing soon, and nothing is better as a starter or main course than a selection of Creamy Fall Soups. These recipes contain some fall product favorites, like squash, apples and pumpkin.

We hope you had as much fun picking out your favorites as we did. Go check out and vote on other creative submissions before midnight tonight!

Shop all wooden servingware here.

Which submission did you vote for as your favorite? 

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