There’s no doubt, we have absolutely amazing local artisans making their names known with a plethora of amazing brands and pieces. Especially in the ceramic arts, the handmade imperfections are what made them flawless – just like the traditional Japanese aesthetics saying, ‘wabi-sabi’ (acceptance of transcience and imperfections). As a Malaysian, it’s definitely sentimental to have at least one local brand at home. Taking into account Malaysian love for food, hence, we have pulled through a list of 6 made-in-Malaysia ceramic tableware brands for those who are not sure of where to go for the locally-made ones.
6 Made-In-Malaysia Ceramic Tableware Brand:
Tenmoku Pottery has been around since 1989. Being one of the veteran ceramic makers in Malaysia, Tenmoku Pottery offers so much more than just dinnerware. Their products include animal figurines, photo frames, wind chimes, fragrance burners, vases, wall fixtures and more! Their award-winning aesthetic and lively designs are inspired by the flora and fauna of nature. Hence, their creations are all-natural with no artificial ingredients added in the making process. They did not just stop there. Do know that their items are all packed in sturdy recycled cardboard, corrugated and biodegradable styrofoam. Furthermore, what makes Tenmoku Pottery so precious is that every colour and texture on each piece tells a special story of its own. From all of the above, no wonder their pieces are so recognised in Europe, the United States, Australia and South East Asia.
Address: 23, Jalan Industri Batu Caves, 1/1, Taman Perindustrian Batu Caves, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor
Bangkita Ceramic Studio
Been to cafes like Fin KL, Brew N Bread, Gudang or Kafka in Penang? You might have noticed Bangkita’s products there. Specialising in ceramic products, Bangkita Ceramic make more than just tableware. Yup, they even make jars, vases and candle stands! While their shop is located at Mahsa Avenue’s Kedai, you can order online via their official personal shopper here. However, Bangkita Ceramic does not just end at handmade potteries. At their cafe, Sepinggan Semangkuk, you’ll get to enjoy food, ceramic, art and craft all together in one place.
Address: Lot 921, Jalan Tanjung, Kg Sijankang, Telok Panglima Garang, 42500 Selangor
Operating Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM (Closed on weekends)
Bendang Artisan aims to bring joy and happiness through its handmade pieces. Wondering why it is called Bendang? Because the founder, Rozana Musa begins her humble journey of turning her childhood dreams by experimenting with the clay in her backyard that was once a padi field! What makes Bendang Artisan so loved by Malaysians is because the style is so in tune with the current love for modern and minimalist home products. Moreover, they have tons of ceramic tableware collections from classic, seasonal as well as limited edition art projects! For instance, her Basic Series are available in Semi-Matte, Matte Mustard Yellow, Matte Dark Turquoise and more! Now, you can spot her masterpieces in restaurants such as Dough and Dolce, Naj and Belle, Roost and more. While her studio-workshop is located in Melaka, you can her wares collections at The LINC KL.
Store: Bendang Artisan Concept Store, Lot 2-5 Level 2, The LINC KL, 360 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 12 PM – 6 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Clay Expression was established by Cindy Koh in 2000 to guide others to discover their inner potter through a joyful process. According to Koh, “pottery is more than transforming a ball of clay into a form”. The process requires one’s undivided attention while developing self-expression and determination into your pieces. Perhaps, this is why it is called clay expression. Instead of one, you can find different ‘expressions’ or identities in each and every piece from them. Aside from pottery classes, they do have plethora of wares to offer – where pieces made are all carefully selected and approved by Master Potter, Cindy Koh. Unfortunately, their classes and workshop are temporarily closed. But, if you want some special and limited edition items at home, they can cover that.
Address: Lot 757, No. 5 Block C, Jalan Subang 3, 47610 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Thirty3evelen is a 4-year-old tableware brand born out of Lee Ee Vin’s passion for interior design and home living. It comprises ceramic tableware made by the founder herself. This one-person team’s achievements can be clearly seen as she supplies tablewares for ATAS Restaurant, The RuMa Hotel, Kloe Hotel and GOODDAM Restaurant. However, tablewares are made in limited quantities with no pre-orders. Hence, the ‘First Come First Serve’ basis. These simple yet elegant pieces of mute tone with a hint of blue or pink are sold rather quickly. So, make sure to sign up for Thirty3eleven’s newsletter!
A Touch Of Clay
For those who enjoy pottery exhibitions in Malaysia, you might have come across Cheah Yeow Seng’s pieces. Cheah Yeow Seng has decades of experience under his belt as a ceramic artist. He aims to offer pottery-making in different levels of classes from beginner, immediate to advanced through A Touch Of Clay. Through A Touch Of Clay official Facebook account, you can clearly see his passion for pottery – regularly updating his experimented pieces while describing their personalities and telling the special stories behind them. You can learn so much about pottery through him. Moreover, you can also purchase his pieces through Facebook. Some are made in limited quantities. To not miss them, make sure to follow A Touch Of Clay Facebook!
Address: 8, Jalan 1/60B, Taman Segambut, Damai, 51200 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 10 AM – 1 PM (Tuesdays – Sundays) | 10 AM – 1 PM & 2 PM – 5 PM (Saturdays)
Malaysia is definitely filled with brilliant and talented artisans. While having many well-known ceramic tableware brands at home, it’s definitely a different feeling to own a locally-made brand. In this Merdeka month, let’s show some love by supporting our local brands! So, check out these amazing stores and you definitely won’t be dissapointed with their pieces. Happy shopping!