Black Dog Ceramics Online Store South Africa

Black Dog Ceramics online store for functional homeware ceramics

100% Handmade in South Africa

From my studio in Riebeek West (South Africa), I make stylish ceramic homeware under the watchful eye of Della, the black Labrador.

The aim of Black Dog Ceramics is to make handmade pieces of beauty and simplicity, as well as functionality.

Della and I hope that we manage to reflect the care and attention to detail that has gone into making each individual piece something special for you.

Crockery - Bowl - Dessert - Straight Edge

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These dessert bowls are the perfect volume to enjoy a few yummy scoops of ice cream. But of course you can use them for so much more, like soup for instance, and they look so elegant in a dinner setting.

Dimensions: Diam 10 x H 7.5cm

Colours Available: Front: Sand & Black - Top: Ebony & Black - Right: Brick & Black

Products are dishwasher, (microwave and oven for re-heating) safe. Provided they are not placed directly from fridge to hot oven or microwave.

These products have a black glaze as can be seen on the top half of each of the above products. The bottom half of the product reveals different Clay colours - which are Sand (a buff colour), Brick (a red/brown colour) and Ebony (black). Please note: these are handmade products and therefore dimensions and colours can have slight variations.

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If you cannot get your items quickly enough from ordering from me you can visit the following retailers, if you don't know where they are ask Google or Google Maps they are very clever these days!!

Lim - Cape Town
The Craft and Design Institute at the Watershed in the V& A Waterfront - Cape Town
Design Afrika - carries an exciting and exclusive range of Black Dog Ceramics (not available on this website) - Cape Town
Craftart & Gallery - Simonstown
The Swartland Tourism Office (Shop is called MIR - Made in Riebeek) - Riebeek Kasteel
Iconomy - Johannesburg
Leopard Hills Private Game Lodge - Mpumalanga
Mahatsara - Paris - France

Please Note: Retailers do not stock all of my products, you need to enquire or visit them directly.


That’s me, Julia Buss, the person who feeds the black dog, Della – the ever present Labrador. I named my business and studio after her because she is a constant part of the creative enterprise. She can tell the time and she gives me at least half an hour’s notice of feeding time, and thereafter minute by minute. She helps with cleaning by drinking clay water and licking lunch crumbs off the floor, and she reminds me daily to get good hospital insurance because she places herself directly underfoot. The studio by the way is hardly big enough for me let alone the two of us, but I guess I have someone to talk to – you know, the long-suffering craft maker, alone but (actually loving it). Just don’t tell anyone ...


Although Della is my inspiration, she leaves all the hard work to me. This means that each item you order is crafted by my hands only, from start to finish. I do not use moulds or have the luxury of assistants. Therefore the timing of your order is dependent on the stock available and order volumes. But, of course, Della and I will always do our utmost to fulfil your request as quickly as possible. And we will remain in touch with you throughout the process.


Julia Buss and Della the"black dog" of Black Dog Ceramics

Making and indeed owning ceramics places you smack bang in an ongoing process of who we are as humans. Ceramics are treasured by archaeologists as they are a marker of human habitation, with many vessels pre-dating written history. But my imagination is fired by what I learned doing my Masters degree in 2018 on the work of Zulu ceramists from KwaZulu-Natal.
The ceramic vessel is undoubtedly a participant not only in the social life of its maker and user, but surprisingly it also has a dynamic social and spiritual life of its own. It speaks for us and to us. Perhaps this is why I am driven to reveal the clay colours of Ebony, Brick and Sand in the pieces, in order to maintain the connection with the earth from which clay comes and to which it will return.

I am a maker who believes in the simple and functional above the decorative. My pieces are linear, quiet and tactile. They have something to say to you, if you are willing to listen.

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