About 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.
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 on the journey from clay to table. Each piece is a work of art in itself, yet it’s meant to be used and enjoyed, loved and shared, every single day…
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
Katharine and Susan are two sisters who decided to find a silver lining to the cloud of living thousands of kilometres apart (Susan lives in South Africa, while Katharine lives in England.)
Their love affair with Wonki Ware started when Susan flew home for Christmas one year, with a large Wonki Ware salad bowl in aubergine.
Actually, she brought three, as Christmas presents for the family. That Christmas, every mealtime featured one or more of the Wonki Ware gifts. Everyone was genuinely amazed at how they transformed a bowl of buttered veg, or a humble turkey curry, into a work of culinary art.
CLAYSPOON was born out of a belief that something can be natural and beautiful, yet perform a real function and purpose.
We are honoured to be able to share the Wonki Ware story and introduce more people to these very special products.
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