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Pestle & Mortar


A handmade ceramic pestle & mortar made from high fired stoneware by British ceramicist Edmund Davies. Wheel-thrown in sand coloured British clay, each food grinder is thrown by Edmund in his Norwich pottery studio. From crushing Sichuan peppercorns to mashing up fresh basil leaves and garlic into a pesto, it is the ideal kitchen tool to grind your herbs, spices and other cooking ingredients. Part of our small batch ceramic series, each is marked with a special makers seal.

  • Hand-thrown
  • Raw stoneware  
  • Sand colour
  • Blended Cornish Clay
  • Crafted by Edmund Davies
  • Diameter: 110mm
  • Height: 140mm

Perfect for everyday use, the pestle & mortar is the ideal kitchen companion. Before first time use, please grind a tablespoon of rice kernels to smoothen the inside of the mortar. Due to the unglazed nature of the object, it is particularly suited for grinding dry spices and herbs and will naturally change patina with frequent use. Simply clean with warm water and detergent and let it dry in the open.

We deliver worldwide in bespoke plastic-free Monoware packaging. Orders received by 12pm on weekdays are dispatched on the same day. Prices displayed on our website include UK VAT at 20%, which is deducted at checkout for International orders. Returns & Exchanges are accepted within 14 days, subject to terms. Free returns on UK orders. Please read our Delivery & Returns.

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The Perfect Pestle & Mortar


Made with Care

Wheel-thrown by studio potter Edmund Davies, founder of Helgate Pottery Studio. Each piece is unique and stamped with the makers seal.


Design that Lasts

Crafted from highly durable British clay, this functional kitchen grinder is for everyday use and sure to endure.


Timeless Design

Utilitarian in design and perfectly proportioned, each pestle & mortar is an individual expression of Davies' workmanship.

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Is your pottery food safe?

Yes, our manufacturer carries out thorough tests to ensure the clay and glazes are food safe and cadmium and lead-free.

Can I put it in the microwave or oven?

Yes, all our stoneware products are safe to use in the oven and microwave, to a temperature of 250 ºC. Steer clear of placing pieces straight from the oven on to a cold surface, as a measure against shock resistance.

How about the freezer?

Yes, absolutely. Our ceramics have high thermal shock resistance, and will withstand temperature variations as low as -20 ºC.

Is is dishwasher safe?

Yes, our products can be washed daily in the dishwasher. To ensure our dishes last longer it is advisable to space them so they don’t rub or bump against each other during the cycle. We recommend you wash the larger and more delicate pieces by hand, as a precaution.

Can I use it on the stove?

No. Monoware dinnerware is not suitable for stovetop cooking or for use with an open flame.

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