I have met some extremely talented and creative artisans throughout my curating and sourcing trips. It’s always fascinating to hear about how they work, their history and to touch and feel their products.

All of the craftspeople below make their products by hand, ensuring that each item has it’s own details and is a distinctive piece. As I visit more countries I hope to add more and more artisans to this list.

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ERADU: UK

Eva Radulova is the woman behind the brand Eradu. She works in her studio in Deptford, London creating slipcast porcelain with an emphasis on form, colour and texture. Born in Bulgaria Eva moved to the UK to complete her masters degree at Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent which coincidently is my hometown and the centre of ceramics production in the UK.

Eva’s South London studio is a space full of creativity and craft and is part of a growing group of UK makers studios. Eva works to exploring shapes and form, she is driven by the desire to create stylish innovative which sit within stylish homes.

ARGILO: UK

Jaye of Argilo is based in the Cornish town of Falmouth where she creates her wheel-thrown stoneware. Jaye focuses on tableware and vessels created which are extremely tactile, they are created to be held and touched.

As a child, she spent summers in Catalonia and uses that as inspiration for her work. The warmth and soul of the Mediterranean come through in her work with the soft terracotta and the rich cream colours.

ELLA BUA-IN: UK

Ella Bua-In creates beautiful handmade ceramics in her home studio in Margate, Kent. Each piece is unique and built from hand, carrying with it unique markings and textures. Glazes are painted on and are delicately layered on to the stoneware pottery.

Ella’s ceramics are works of art, each illustration is hand-painted and inspired by things such as nature and femininity. She creates stories with her pieces, they are made to be loved and used.

ST EVAL: UK

St Eval is a Cornish candle company who have been handmaking candles and candle accessories for over 25 years. Based on their working farm in St Eval, North Cornwall, they produce candles using techniques that have been honed over many years.

Each candle is hand-poured and inspired by the natural surroundings of Cornwall. St Eval place people and the planet at the centre of their business. The wax used is a mixture of vegetable and mineral wax. They create their own blends to ensure a consistent aroma, superior burn quality and beautiful appearance.

SALEM’S DESIGN: ETHIOPIA

Salem’s Designs create beautiful quality products using traditional techniques learnt over generations of craftspeople. Beginning in 2016 Salem has built up a studio which includes cotton weaving, embroidery, basketry, leatherware and jewellery making.

They create products from the highest quality materials. Ethiopian cotton is an industry that has existed in Ethiopia for centuries. 

salems women weaving
salem weaver
salems spindles

POTIER DE TAMEGROUTE: MOROCCO

Potier de Tamrgroute, craft their distinctive green pottery in the village of Tamegroute in the south of Morroco. The green and yellow pottery are unique to Tamegroute, the formula of this pottery is a closely guarded secret. Designed and made in the village, the green and yellow finishes are formed using an ancient process which remains unchanged.

Each piece is unique with its own marks and textures which are created during the firing process. The three marks which appear on each piece of pottery are an example of this.

dipped tamegroute ceramics
tamegroute cups
tamegroute candle holders

CHABI CHIC: MOROCCO

Chabi Chic is a Moroccan lifestyle brand based in Marrakech. I came across their Medina store underneath Nomad restaurant and was immediately taken with their beautiful products.

Based in Marrakech, they work with local artisans and craftspeople in and around Marrakech who use age-old techniques to create modern and chic products. Each product is handmade using fine materials and high-quality finishes.

chabi chic pottery painting
chabi chic making ceramics
chabi chic store

SWAZI BASKETS: SWAZILAND

Swazi Baskets who create beautifully soft but strong handmade basketware from Swaziland. The baskets are woven using Lutindzi grass. The grass is picked from the ‘eTjebovu’ & ‘Mantenga’ areas on the slopes of the mountains in Swaziland, dried out and then made into ropes which is then coiled, weaved and/or sewn or finger-knitted to create their baskets.

Swazi Basket is a family business, run by Nelton Mavinbela and his family. Nelton is from Swaziland and continuously travels between Cape Town and Swaziland to support his business.

swazi baskets
swazi baskets hat
swazi red basket

SOUFIANE ZARIB: MOROCCO

Soufiane Zarib is Moroccan rug heaven. Their main store is in an amazing Riad in the Marrakech Medina and is hidden behind a grand front door. Zarib is world-famous thanks to the quality of the rugs they stock. They specialise in vintage Berber rugs, large scale and modern luxury rugs.

Along with rugs they also create beautiful cushions and fabrics. The sabra and mud cloth cushions are sourced from Zarib.

sabra silk cushions
sabra cushion covers
mudcloth fabric

MAISON BEN YAMNA D’ART: MOROCCO

Maison Ben Yamna is an artisan weaving workshop based in Fes. Their textiles are some of the softest silks, cashmere and wool I have come across. Our blankets and throws are hand-woven in the studio in Fes by craftspeople using traditional weaving techniques.

fes textile weaving
handmade green blanket
fes weaving studio