John Julian has mastered the art of English ceramics, from DNA to design. The clay, predominantly dug in Cornwall, is made in Stoke-on-Trent and then hand-thrown in a Wiltshire studio by skilled artisans. At John Julian, ceramics are made in small batches and fired once at a high temperature as opposed to the more common practice of firing twice. In addition to conserving energy, this makes every piece less susceptible to cracks and chips, ready to last a lifetime and longer. This hard-wearing mortar and pestle, which has been thrown by hand on a potter’s wheel, is made to be used heavily. It is highly resistant to odour and staining, making it ideal for mixes that contain oil, like pesto, compound butters and chimichurri.
Why we love it
'John Julian was inspired to make one when he lived with a chef who used a mortar and pestle every day, and worked with granite stone masons in India to learn ancient techniques before creating his homespun version of it with porcelain to keep production in the UK. It’s gained fans like Nigel Slater and Nigella Lawson, because it’s just as functional as it is beautiful.'
Specifications & Care
|Care||Hand wash in soapy water with a soft cloth or sponge|
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About The Brand
Trained as a sculptor, John Julian began his ceramics journey after living with a chef and seeing how often she used a mortar and pestle. From that iconic design first design onwards, his Wiltshire studio focuses on English-made porcelain and stoneware with a pared-back utilitarian style and warm white hues. As a member of the British Ceramic Confederation and the Energy and Emissions Group, John Julian is working towards helping the UK reach net zero emissions by 2050.Shop John Julian