South African Ceramics Brand Love Milo Message Mugs

What a cute and novel idea! Your favourite hot drink delivered with a heartwarming message… well at least that’s what I think modern South African ceramics brand, Love Milo had in mind when they created this wonderfully quirky ceramic message mug. Featuring a notebook design, the smooth surface allows you to write messages directly on to it using the pen provided. Love Milo was created by Nicki Ellis, a South African photographer and film colourist whose original photographs inspired by nature are captured in a distinctive silhouette style and then depicted across a contemporary range of textiles, homeware and ceramics designed to effortlessly mix and match. Each collection is made up of 6 different images all reproduced in black and white.
[Image credits: Message Mug – Love Milo]
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Stoned Cherrie Fashionable South African Ceramic Homeware

Stoned Cherrie - Black and white teapot and teacup

I love a good cup of tea, and for me any time is teatime! So was rather taken with some quirky teapots and teacups courtesy of Stoned Cherrie. The renowned South African brand is branching into the homeware sector, launching a range of hand painted South African ceramic homeware that embody the Stoned Cherrie Afro-chic spirit. After a decade of producing some of African fashion’s most iconic collections Stoned Cherrie’s founder, Nkhensani Nkosi is ready to expand the company beyond fashion borders reaching further into the consumer lifestyle sector and having already taken first steps with its furnishing fabric ranges. The realisation of the ceramics range takes Nkhensani’s artistic endeavours of dabbling in pottery and painting from personal to public.
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Contemporary Ceramic Art Gloria Ssali Pursuing Her Artistic Dream

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A long held passion for clay saw Ugandan-born ceramicist, Gloria Ssali give up a career as a pharmacist to pursue her dream fulltime time. Having moved to the UK with her family aged eleven; it was during a class she took during her senior school years that Gloria was first introduced to clay modelling and was instantly drawn into the craft. To achieve her goal of becoming a full-time artist, four years ago Gloria returned to college to train as a ceramicist experimenting with techniques and learning about the different types of clay. Describing her career change as a new chapter in her life, Gloria uses her artform as a platform to share her life experiences and reflect the beauty of the world around her through the diverse cultures that have had an influence. Gloria’s faith is also a strong presence within her work, everpresent through biblical depictions and devotions. In 2010 Gloria was awarded the ‘Best Tile Cultural Heritage’ award from Elit-Tile, an invitation only international tile competition held every two years in the Dominican Republic.
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MERBI Contemporary Ceramics Inspired By Nigerian Culture

After Party Containers - MERBI

Pretty little contemporary ceramics containers and storage jars that’ll have you looking for things to display in them; are just so endearing and handy to have around the house with a multitude of uses when  conveniently stored in areas like kitchen work tops to dressing tables. Designed by table and giftware designer, Ruth Babajide; MERBI is a collection of slip cast contemporary ceramics storage units inspired by Nigerian culture in the form of the flamboyant styles found in clothing and the customary practice of storing large quantities of dry food.

 

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Tunisian Ceramics Stylish Handcrafted African Homeware

Tunisian coffee cups

[Image credit: Greater Good]
Having tried my hand at pottery many years ago as part of my fine arts module and being absolutely rubbish at it – they always exploded in the kiln!!! – I have a deep admiration for artisans who can produce the most exquisite and beautifully decorated pieces. Not too long ago I came across some stylish African decor in the form of these really pretty Tunisian coffee cups on the Greater Good Network, and loved the intricate patterns and vibrant colours.
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