Like most handmade items, hand-crafted pottery lends a certain charm to the home it’s brought into. For most of the part, they are unique with its own character — the handmade imperfections bring out wabi-sabi, the Japanese term for accepting transience. What would make these items even more appealing is the fact that they have been handmade by locals. These ceramic makers in KL create their own pottery ranging from pretty vases to exquisite tableware that will leave your guests demanding to know where you got them from.
Not enough with just buying one of their wares? No matter. You too can pick up a new hobby in ceramic-making. Some of these ceramic makers offer pottery-making classes in their own studios. Don’t be surprised to find that your teacher might even be an award-making ceramic artist who has had his own exhibition.
This studio is owned by local ceramic artist Cheah Yeow Seng, who has been working with ceramics for many decades now. His studio offers pottery-making classes for beginners, as well as intermediate and advanced pottery classes. Cheah has also had several exhibitions of his works around Malaysia.
A Touch of Clay, 8 Jalan 1/60B Taman Segambut, Damai, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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The story behind Bendang Studio is one of humbling beginnings, perseverance, and innovation. Founder Rozana Musa hailed from Kampung Sungai Petani in Melaka and turned her childhood love for clay into a business. Her style of tableware ceramics is in tune with today’s love for modern and minimalist home products, with a touch of imperfection. While her studio-workshop is located in Melaka, you can find her wares in upscale restaurants in KL and purchase it at The LINC KL.
Bendang Studio, KM 20, Kampung Sungai Petai, Alor Gajah, Malacca, Malaysia.
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Clay Expression is another studio that’s popular for the public to get hands-on experience with moulding clay. Established in 2001 by Cindy Koh, the studio also operates on a rent basis, where hobbyists can do ceramic firing, conduct corporate extra curriculum workshops, and more. If you need a special item made for your wedding too, they can cover that.
Clay Expression, Lot 757, No.5 Block C, Jalan Subang 3, 47610 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
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Established in 1989, Tenmoku Pottery is one of the veteran ceramic makers in Malaysia. With a design aesthetic that is inspired by the flora and fauna of nature, Tenmoku Pottery extends this idea to its packaging as well — all their items are packaged with sturdy recycled cardboard, corrugated paper and biodegradable styrofoam. There is a whole range of items available, from home decor to tableware and jewellery pieces.
Tenmoku Pottery, 23, Jalan Industri Batu Caves 1/1, Taman Perindustrian Batu Caves, Batu Caves, Selangor.
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Although Thirty3Eleven has only been established for a few short years, it has quickly risen in popularity with its rustic, Nordic, and geometrical aesthetics. Founder Lee Ee Vee also has her own homegrown ice cream brand to her name, The Last Polka. She began dabbling in ceramic making and decided to start selling her creations as she became more confident in them. Her products are made from stoneware clay mined in Johor and glazed using natural minerals.