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Instead of collecting the Italian pottery she loved, Alpharetta’s Lisa Rae Palmer set out to make her own.

The artist: As an art history major at San Diego State University, Palmer fell in love with Italian artwork and pottery, especially after a visit to Italy. She earned a teaching credential in art education and is in her 15th year as an elementary school art teacher in Alpharetta, GA.

The company: Alpharetta-based Lisa Rae Designs started in 2015 when Palmer started experimenting with platters and bowls for a version of the Empty Bowls Project (emptybowls.net) at her school. Outside of school, she started experimenting with other ceramic platters and dishes with an old-world look.

What’s popular: Platters ($59 to $79) and trinket bowls and dishes ($15 to $30). During the holidays, bakeware and bowls ($45 to $75) and tree ornaments ($16 to $18).

Other favorites: Large, personalized wedding platters ($99). Also rolled-handled bowls and platters ($110 to $150) and scalloped platters and bowls ($49 to $79).

Where to buy: www.LisaRaedesign.com. In area stores, including All Inspired Boutique in Johns Creek and Sis & Moon’s in Alpharetta.

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