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Wonki Ware is an artisanal ceramics studio that specialises in handmade dinnerware, serveware and home accessories.

The studio has cultivated a loyal following for its extensive product range in a dynamic offering of multiple colourways, shapes and distinctive decorative patterns.

Quality stoneware finished with non-toxic and lead-free glazes fired at 1300 degrees Celsius gives Wonki Ware its lightweight yet durable, microwave and dishwasher safe quality. The slow-craft, human-touch approach to production ­­means that each Wonki Ware piece passes through 18 pairs of hands from clay mixing, rolling, shaping, sun drying, and firing, to decorating, waxing, glazing, and quality checking. Due to the handmade nature of these products, no two are identical, making each piece unique.

At Source, our selection criterion goes beyond the appeal of good design. We’re committed to choosing suppliers that also contribute to the communities and environments in which they operate. Since its founding in 1999, Wonki Ware has been dedicated to training people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in the art of ceramics and today the company has grown to employ over 100 people. Wonki Ware is currently distributed in numerous countries globally, making it one of South Africa’s most successful design exports.