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.

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 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

About Sow Delicious

Sow Delicious are the creators of the world-first innovation ‘Grow Chocolate’,

The idea was born from a passion for edible gardening and a desire to solve a personal food-gardening dilemma!

Vanessa Jacobs had decided that she wanted to grow her home-grown veggies from heirloom seeds, which produce the most beautiful vegetables, like purple peppers, candy-striped beetroot or round carrots. Being a chocolate lover as well as a vegetable lover it didn’t take long to connect the dots and see the glorious possibilities that lay in combining these two concepts. For Vanessa it really was a match made in heaven.

Each ‘Grow Chocolate’ is handmade from the finest organic ingredients and filled with the purest heirloom seed. If you plant it and water it, it will grow into delicious vegetables and delightful herbs.

Vanessa sold her first slab of ‘Grow Chocolate’ in 2013 and three years later received an award for Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. This is such an exciting and innovative product, it’s going to be wonderful watching it grow…

About Clayspoon

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

Wonki Ware - Hand crafted home products UK

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, and 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.

Soon after, Katharine travelled to South Africa, where she visited the urban garden that’s home to ‘Sow Delicious’. It was like stepping into an oasis of calm in an otherwise bustling city. Natural water features fed the organic produce that was growing in planters, while the team packed chocolate blocks and chatted happily.

In a very roundabout way, a love of Wonki Ware led to an introduction to the wonderful team at Sow Delicious, during which time a seed of an idea had been sown for Katharine and Susan, from which CLAYSPOON took root and started to grow…

Today CLAYSPOON specialises in the distribution of natural, hand crafted products for the home and garden.

Great pride is taken in sourcing products that are created from organic materials, ethically produced, creatively unique yet have a genuine use and purpose.

Wonki Ware and Sow Delicious are the flagship products; embodying all of these wonderful qualities and originating from the same small town on the Garden Route in South Africa. Their roots can literally be traced back to the South African soil from where they have grown and developed.

CLAYSPOON is honoured to be able to share their stories and introduce more people to these two very special products.