Handcrafted Ceramics That Will Add Warmth To Your Afternoon Tea

Delight in the simple art of drinking coffee from a cup made by hand and created with love.

Article by Emma Pegrum

Afternoon tea is a luxury of time and location, and as Henry James once famously stated, “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” 

The sequestering of time aside, these five artisans from Australia and overseas create handmade ceramics that will elevate any afternoon tea with their warm feel and aesthetic.

Confetti Vessel by Home By Harlequin

This tactile, lightweight stone vessel handmade by Sydney-based designer and maker Lauren Eaton is made using a terrazzo technique, where chips of marble, quartz and other stone are poured into the binder to create the speckled appearance.

TY Palace Plate Gray by Teruhiro Yanagihara Designed in 2016. TY SquarePlate Gray by Teruhiro Yanagihara Designed in 2016. (Photography by Elizabeth Heltoft)

1616 / arita japan

Made in a traditional technique from a dense clay of crushed stone, 1616 / arita japan’s pieces are aesthetically fit for a special occasion but constructed for everyday use. They are manufactured out of an original pottery workshop in Arita, the town in which Korean porcelain masters arrived in 1616, introducing the craft to the Japanese for the first time.

Hasami Porcelain

A mixture of porcelain and clay, Hasami Porcelain pieces have a soft, comfortable texture with a slightly matte, organic finish. Hasami Porcelain is designed by Takuhiro Shinomoto of Tortoise in Venice, California, but made in the historic Japanese town of Hasami where the porcelain craft dates back some 400 years.  MrKitly.com.au

Debbie Pryor

Inspired by landscapes and topographical views, Adelaide-based ceramicist and artist Debbie Pryor uses hand-building techniques to make unique clay pieces. The Abstract Plates come in a range of earthy colour combinations and are made in extremely limited numbers.


This Marrakesh-based ceramic and textile brand was founded by Belgian sun-chaser Laurence Leenaert. Leenaert’s playful, bright and abstract LRNCE designs translate into unique objects, handmade by local artisans she’s worked with since the brand’s inception in 2013.