Paul de Jongh and Nina Shand live and work in McGregor, a quaint village in the Western Cape, South Africa. At our pottery studio and showroom, we produce high temperature, wood-fired and salt-glazed stoneware and porcelain. We also make wood-fired terracotta, electric-fired domestic ware as well as sculptural and decorative raku pieces. More Info

The Studio & Showroom

At our studio and showroom we are happy to demonstrate our craft and our working pottery is open to view. We are open 7 days a week and pots may be purchased directly from our showroom. Visitors are welcome to browse and enjoy the environment. Wood-firing workshops are given, using the three wood-fired kilns, to people wanting to experience this ancient and time-honoured process. More Info

Our Work

We produce a wide range of carefully hand-crafted pots using the broad spectrum of clays and firing techniques, including functional tableware, terracotta garden pots and birdfeeders, washbasins, tiles, platters and bowls, as well as large and small decorative raku dishes, cylinders and vases.  We also undertake commissions. More Info

Creative Process

We are especially committed to each and every aspect of the preparation, making and firing of our pots. The way we bring these together is our way of life, our way of being. We are mostly inspired by the potentialities of various aspects of a pottery and kiln site. We are interested in all the different firing techniques and hence make pots using both high temperature and low temperature techniques. We are especially taken by the whole process of wood-firing and have built 4 wood-firing kilns under our kiln sheds. More Info

Events & Workshops

We hold an annual Wood-firing Jamboree (“celebration, merry-making”), which is going into its 10th consecutive year. This workshop is for potters, beginners, wood-firing enthusiasts and romantics alike and offers the opportunity of having work fired in a wood-fired kiln. Workshops are given by prominent South African potters during this 3-day event. We also give raku workshops to groups as well as giving talks and demonstrations. More Info

About us

We have been making pots together since 1996 and relocated from Johannesburg to McGregor that year. We have lived here ever since, on the “road to nowhere”. Paul has a formal ceramics background, including a diploma from the Wits Tech in Ceramic Design and a 3-year apprenticeship with Kim Sacks. Nina has a more academic background with an MA degree in Industrial Sociology from Wits University. She also conducts research from time to time. We have 2 children – Sarah, 17, and Joshua, 7. We find living in the country and selling our work direct from our studio brings many challenges and is not always the idealic, stress-free lifestyle our visitors romaticise it to be. More Info

Getting in Touch

We can be reached by phone or e-mail and visitors are welcome to the studio 7 days a week. We suggest you phone us first if you are coming from far. More Info

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In line with our philosophy that life and work should not be artificially separated, we relocated to McGregor and eventually found a property that affords us the privilege of working and living in the same place. We prefer to sell our work directly to our customers, thereby strengthening the link between the maker and the user. All too often, people buy things with no regard to who made them or where they came from, thereby alienating them from the creative process. Selling direct also means we can keep the price of our handcrafted pots more affordable.

We are happy to demonstrate our craft and our working pottery is open to view. We are also open 7 days a week. Visitors are welcome to browse and enjoy the environment. Wood-firing workshops are given, using the four wood-fired kilns, to groups wanting to experience this ancient and time-honoured process.

 

Physical Address:
1 Bree St, McGregor,
South Africa

Postal Address:
PO Box 148
McGregor,
South Africa,
6708

Telephone:
023 625 1599

Email:
nina@millstonepottery.co.za

http://www.millstonepottery.co.za/millstone/index.php