Southwestern dinnerware is commonly used here in the southwest part of the United States. The southwestern style of décor is very popular and there is a galore of dinnerware selections although the style might differ from region to region depending on heritage.
Here in New Mexico, pottery dinnerware is a loved item along with patterns inspired by Spanish, Mexican and Native American culture. Among these are Mexican dinnerware and chili pepper dinnerware.
A lot of people in this area are artists who engage in creating hand-made and hand-painted pottery and dinnerware. The most unique dinnerware sets can often be found at an arts and crafts show or at an artists' gallery. Dinnerware manufacturers do try to create true southwestern dinnerware, which can fit into the décor, but really it doesn't compare to hand-made items.
If you have some photos of hand-made pottery or dinnerware sets from the southwest, please share them with us so that readers can understand what I'm talking about. Eventually I will gather some up and post them, but in the meantime I'm depending on you!
Here are some of the southwest patterns that I have found
Mara Stoneware Collections features a nice 4 piece place setting that is hand finished. This pattern seems to have a Native American influence based on my observations when living near the reservation in Northern New Mexico. The patterns features bears, geckos, the sun and paw prints.