Wonki Ware Tableware
We are delighted to share with you some of Wonki Ware's beautiful range of unique and organic South African tableware. The brainchild of designer Di Marshall, the company was formed in the small town of George along the Garden Route in South Africa over a decade ago. The small studio in the town centre quickly developed into a meeting place for local potters and creative individuals. Wonki Ware now employs 40 people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The company’s skilled employees are all valuable, contributing members in their communities with a passion for pottery. The vibrant, warm spirit of Africa is clearly visible in each traditional piece of handcrafted Wonki Ware pottery. We love it and hope you do too.....
The production process of each piece of this traditionally produced pottery is around three weeks. Raw clay is dug up from the southern coast of Africa which is then shaped and left to dry for five days in the sunshine. It then undergoes its first firing in a kiln to turn the clay to a hard rough bisque product. Once cooled the bisque is sanded and cleaned, making it ready for decorating and glazing. The glazed pot is then put back in the kiln for the final firing which takes approximately three days to reach the right temperature and cool down. You can see for yourself, the end product is a truly unique and beautiful product, hardwearing at the same time. It is dishwasher, microwave and ovenproof - making it extremely versatile.
Due to the handmade nature of these products no two are exactly the same, which gives them an individual beauty.