About Wonki Ware

Clay Spoon specialises in the distribution of hand crafted home products UK, among them – Wonki Ware. Wonki Ware is a range of exclusive dinnerware and tableware that is hand crafted in South Africa through a truly artisanal process that is becoming increasingly rare in an age of automated production.

Wonki Ware - Hand crafted home products UK
Wonki Ware - Hand crafted home products UK
Wonki Ware - Hand crafted home products UK

Every single item is made by hand, from a small salt dish to a generous trough platter. No matter how small or big, they each go through the same creative process, which sees the clay moulded, shaped, smoothed and painted during 15 different stages. This means the final Wonki Ware product passes through 15 different pairs of hands on its journey from clay to table.

 

Wonki Ware was founded by Di Marshall, almost 20 years ago, in a small town on the Garden Route in South Africa. The original workforce of 3 has since grown to a team of over 80 people, and Di continues to be the creative force that steers this remarkable ship. Her enthusiasm is infectious and her humility, in the face of such creative success, is as unique as her wonderful product.

“Wonki Ware is a product that got developed purely by chance. It was born from a collective energy of 3 people whose excitement and enthusiasm were boundless. It still amazes me today what we unintentionally created. The vibrant, warm spirit of Africa is clearly visible in our pottery and I thank our potters and South Africans for their enthusiasm and love for what we do.” DI MARSHALL

About Clayspoon

We love products that are hand crafted from natural materials, ethically produced, beautifully made, creatively unique, yet have a genuine use and purpose! Clay Spoon specialises in the distribution of Hand crafted home products to UK and Europe.

Wonki Ware - Hand crafted home products UK

Our love affair with Wonki Ware started when my sister flew home from South Africa for Christmas, with a large salad bowl in aubergine. Actually she brought three, one for me, one for our eldest sister and one for our Mum, which was a very sensible move!

That Christmas, every mealtime featured one or more of our Wonki Ware gifts, and we were genuinely amazed at the way in which they transformed a bowl of buttered veg, or a humble turkey curry, into a work of culinary art.

On paper it’s hard to convey the appeal and beauty of Wonki Ware, because it’s a product that’s so tactile and so unique that only when you see it and handle it do you fully appreciate the appeal and charm of this very special product.

We love products that are hand crafted from natural materials, ethically produced, beautifully made, creatively unique, yet have a genuine use and purpose! For us, Wonki Ware encapsulates all of these qualities; each hand-made piece is a work of art in itself, yet it’s meant to be used and enjoyed, loved and shared, every single day…

We feel honoured to now be in a position where we can introduce more people to Wonki Ware and share the story of a product about which we feel so passionate.