Black Dog Ceramics Online Store South Africa

Black Dog Ceramics online store for functional homeware ceramics

100% Handmade in South Africa

From her studio in Riebeek West, Julia Buss makes stylish ceramic homeware under the watchful eye of Della, the black Labrador. Her creative philosophy is to make beautiful and simple functional ceramics.  Black Dog Ceramics speaks of the earth in the natural clay colours of ebony, brick and sand.

Cutlery - Pate Knife

SKU bdc600
R30.00
In stock
1
Product Details

Having a few friends over and want to serve up some snacks and dips in style, this pate knife is a treat.

Dimensions: Length 16cm x Width 2.5cm (widest part of knife)

Colours Available: Left: Sand - Middle: Ebony - Right: Brick

Products are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe, but I wouldn't recommend a dishwasher for these cuties.

These products are unglazed, showing the natural clay colours. Yes they will break if you drop them but all ceramics will. Secret ... don't drink too much before using. Please note: these are handmade products and therefore dimensions and colours can have slight variations.



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If you are a retailer, please contact us for wholesale prices at julia@blackdogceramics.co.za

ME AND THE DOG

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 (though not always a positive one I might add). She is also excellent at time management and studio clean-up. She can tell the time and 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 best place, of course, is right next to or directly behind my chair. 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.

Julia Blackdog Ceramics 2020 3

YOU , ME AND 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.

+27 82 339 8395

3 Lang Street St.
Riebeek West, 7306
Western Cape
South Africa

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