Welcome to the pottery
Welcome to The Pottery, a unique and creative space situated in the Ballito Lifestyle Centre, on the sunny Dolphin Coast. Here we celebrate creatives, innovators and coffee-lovers!
Our casual, alfresco-style café and pottery store offers a truly unique shopping experience. Browse the funky and colourful retail space, while sipping on a locally roasted coffee or a freshly pressed juice. Select and paint your own ceramics, and watch our potters glaze and fire the pottery in our kilns.
Our emphasis on ‘living life creatively’ is reflected in our surf-inspired art scenes and pottery painting specials. Our fresh and healthy menu includes a range of speciality coffees, blended smoothies and fruit-filled smoothie bowls as well as pressed fruit and veg juices and decadent milkshakes. The Pottery is an ideal venue for a creative escape, a chilled date, an arty birthday celebration or some family bonding time.
Inspired by the vibrant, warm spirit of Africa; Wonki Ware is a trendsetting world leader in handmade pottery. This proudly South African business was founded by creator and entrepreneur Di Marshall, in the Garden Route town of George, over twenty years ago. Wonki Ware Pottery is now internationally recognised and endorsed by celebrity chefs such as Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver and actress Cindi Crawford.
The Wonki Ware collection includes timeless and classic tableware, and colourful decorative items. Their extensive catalogue includes dinnerware including elegant Etoshas, serving platters, jugs, mugs, bowls, tiny ramekins and salt dishes. To this day, every single item is made by hand. The potters use clay sourced from the Eastern Cape and each piece of pottery passes through the hands of at least 14 individual artisans on its journey from wheel, to kiln and finally to the table.
Wonki Ware now has a team of 100 skilled potters working in their Garden Route factory. Many of the staff are from disadvantaged backgrounds. Each craftsperson embraced Di Marshall’s passion for pottery to become a skilled artisan. By empowering young South Africans to develop their creative skills, this home-grown business has thrived against the odds.
Wonki Ware Pottery inspires creativity and continues to have its own ‘perfectly imperfect’ character and unique charm.
PLATE PAINTING – LET’S GET CREATIVE
Enjoy a creative adventure by designing your very own Wonki Ware plate. Artists of all ages and abilities enjoy choosing from our selection of fun ceramics items and getting crafty with paints and brushes. You can enjoy our healthy menu items while you paint.
- Select an item from our shelves. We have a range of handmade Wonki Ware bisque pottery items and themed ceramics including side plates, dinner plates, mugs, bowls, platters and trinket dishes.
- Take a seat in our café and enjoy a double thick smoothie.
- Our staff will deliver a box of vibrant paints as well as brushes, stencils and pencils. Dip your brush into some paint and let your imagination run wild.
- Watch our artisans at work. The potters dip and glaze the bisqueware at the store and fire the pottery in our own kilns.
- We will contact you within five days to collect your masterpiece. Make sure you have signed or photographed your item. It might be worth money someday!
Our plate painting ranges in price from R120 upwards, depending on the item chosen. Due to the delicate and sometimes unpredictable nature of clay and the imperfectly perfect nature of this natural raw material, different items respond differently to the glazing and firing process. Cracks occasionally occur, and sometimes make the pieces even more beautiful! Relish the blemish!
We offer a full range of handmade dinnerware by Wonki Ware Pottery, as well as best surf and lifestyle products from local designers and international brands. Our carefully curated range of products reflects our style and emphasises sustainability. We are all about supporting slow fashion and proud South African entrepreneurs. We carry a range of eco-conscious beach, urban and surf labels. Our hand-picked gift collection includes functional, trendy and sustainably made garments by Vissla, Stance, Threads and Juni the Label. We stock high performance botanical skincare by Salt and Stone, and our own range of upcycled adventure backpacks and totes. Our funky Calico tasselled beach brollies are the perfect accessory for enjoying Ballito’s sunshine vibes.
Get In Touch Anytime!
The Pottery @ Ballito Lifestyle Centre
Cnr 398/445 Main Road Main Road,
Ballito, Dolphin Coast
Visit the pottery
Traveling on Valentine’s Day and most places near us were booked The wonderful people at The Pottery welcomed us without a reservation. We had some fabulous pizza and they also included us in their Valentine specials. A wonderful dessert which was very yummy and a beautiful piece of pottery that they had for their guests that evening! Best overall customer service I have seen in a long time!
– Kaylene Hardy
“Delicious freshly pressed veggie juices, crispy mouth-watering pizza and REAL garlic! Play area for kiddies and plate painting creativity!! Can’t wait to visit again.”
– Nikola Holmes
“Absolutely love this place. Amazing food and best atmosphere.. well done beautiful people. I have a whole cupboard full of Wonki Ware items and I love it. Each individually handpainted by my kids.”
– Landi Engelbrecht