Our relationship with clay began a long time ago, and both of us have a very similar story about how we started. Maybe since we were kids when we used to play with playdough or in school where our most favourite subject was art classes, or maybe later when we went to art school in Bohemia (Czech Republic).
I have grown up in the Czech Republic back then Czechoslovakia ruled by communism, where nobody was allowed to express themselves especially in art form. I consider myself very lucky as I was growing up in an artistic community based around animated movies, as my father was a teacher at a local movie school teaching techniques of clay used in animation. I spent many days at the movie set watching artists making clay alive :-). Since then I love clay and everything around it like glazes , technique , plasticity. After the fall of communism I moved to Australia/Sydney/Northern beaches. It was so nice to meet Yvonka and attend school of ceramics with her :-)
My parents always wanted me to study something else-something that would give me financial security. So I went to study the economy and business. I finished school and then spent fifteen years in the fashion industry. It was an interesting experience, I designed some bags and hats, but mostly I felt like the middle person between the producer and the customer. I always aspire to make something by myself with my hands to create something original and durable. Later on in my life, it got very busy due to my family and kids, leaving me with no time to do what I wanted to do. We moved with my family to my husband’s country, Australia, and I started a new life and a new job on the Northern beaches of Sydney. Then I met Misha and we shared our dreams and decided that we have to do something about it.
We started together to study Ceramics school, to update our knowledge, and learn new techniques, new glazes, and ideas. Ceramics gave us a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Our biggest inspiration is and always will be nature, where we are still discovering new shapes and colours which we can transfer to our work to create something beautiful and unique.
Ceramics make us relaxed, clear our heads and teach us patience. You cannot rush clay. You need to be present and focus your mind on the material in your hands, disconnect from your to-do list, worries about work, and inner conversations. It is a form of meditation. Touching the clay, that feeling that you are again connected with nature in some way. We are living in a world full of technology, surrounded by all this stress and rush, we are losing this contact with nature. The process of taking a clod of mud, mixing it with water giving it form, put it in the fire, and walking away with something beautiful, functional, and completely unique is a magical experience. It brings an overwhelming sense of joy and satisfaction to anyone who does it.
Made by people for people
Misha & Yvona are potters based in Manly, Sydney who produce natural organic hand built and thrown ceramics tableware. Each piece is individually crafted and unique. They are drawn from colours and textures of nature, simplicity and function.
Ceramics is one of the oldest technology we have and our whole evolution is connected to it. Pottery has re-emerged with a new and important role to play in our society. It enriches everyday objects with purpose and beauty; it gives them a soul. When an object is made by hand-by an artisan-you won’t want to throw it away. You will care for it and cherish it.
We wish that with our tableware you will enjoy your daily rituals just a little bit more. Some of the range of our pottery will soon be available online.
CARE AND SAFETY
For everyday use, we recommend washing our products with warm water by hand. Stoneware (which is product fired in a higher temperature) could be placed in the dishwasher but we recommend to put it in the top of drawer (because the water pressure in the bottom is usually stronger) and try to avoid that something will fall against it. All earthenware products (fired in low temperature and thus are more porous than stoneware) are recommended to be washed by hand. Even if it is earthenware glazed, it is still porous so it is preferable to not be submerged in water.
All our ceramics pieces are dipped or brushed with food-safe glazes.
WHERE TO BUY IT
Our website is not yet set up for selling, but if you would like to order any of our pieces please contact us via Instagram or email us or send SMS or you can use "chat" tab in the right-hand bottom of the corner of our website. We are also happy to tailor-make things to your requirements. It is possible to pay by PayPal or any major credit or debit card. By placing an order we will let you know postage asap and after the approval, we will take your payment.
DELIVERY AND RETURN
Once we have received your order if the product is in stock we will send it within 2-3 business days, then please allow normal postage time. If the product is not in stock it will take 8-12 days to be produced, decorated and then dispatched within 2-3 working days.
We are offering an optional wrapping service for free - if is a gift (black/white with Australian native flowers on picture).
We do our best to package our product with care and caution but in rare cases-it could potentially break in transit if not handled appropriately. Please let us know if this does occur and we will replace it as fast as we can. If you are unhappy with your purchase then please contact us and let us know that you would like a refund and we will help you with the return. You are able to refund the product within 7 days of purchasing it.
"When buying anything from an hand maker you're buying more than just an object. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experimentation. You are buying days, weeks & months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You aren't just buying a thing, you're buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a moment of someone life. Most importantly, you're buying the artist more time to do something they are passionate about."