People & Places

Designer profile: JS Ceramics’ handmade homeware

Nestled in rural Te Puna, family business JS Ceramics create handmade ceramic homeware that reflects the beauty of their surroundings 


Introducing JS Ceramics

Jen Watt: “The nature of ceramics is that you never know exactly how the items inside the kiln are going to look when you open the door. I love the element of experimentation and surprise. Clay is a basic element which can be manipulated and transformed into something beautiful and functional; it is design at a grass-roots level.”


“Ceramics is limitless as a medium; you are constantly learning and practising. We hand-make ceramic homeware with a slip-casting technique with slip clay in white earthenware.”


“JS Ceramics is a family business; my husband, Tom, and I work alongside my brother Pete (Blair), and we have a small team to help us with the slip-casting, glazing, kiln loading, wrapping and admin.”


“Everyone chats while working and on sunny days we have our large roller doors open to the surrounding Te Puna orchards.”

JS Ceramics
07 552 6734

Words by: Tina Stephen. Portrait by: Alice Veysey from Paper and Pearl Photography.