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.
- 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.
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.
Utilitarian in design and perfectly proportioned, each pestle & mortar is an individual expression of Davies' workmanship.
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The making of the Core Collection
Out of the fire
Our ceramics are made by a family-run factory in Portugal. They source clay locally and craft the pieces into our designed shapes. Before the pieces are completed, they are dipped in our unique glazes and single-fired, a process which minimises emissions.
Now Let's Cook
Squash soup with salsa verde and crispy sage
Need Help? Just ask us.
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.
Our round and rimless dinner and side plates make the perfect backdrop to all manner of meals, from french toast, tapas and Sunday roasts with all the sides. Dishwasher and microwave safe, the only limits to what can be served up is your imagination.
Pain aux raisin
Tapas, we like pan con tomate
French toast with honey roast figs
Earl grey banana bread
Asian green salad with tofu
Mushroom stew with polenta
Persian frittata with saffron
Ricotta lemon cheesecake
Grilled halloumi burger
Creamy turmeric chicken
Sunday roast with gravy
Summer pilau with tomatoes
Seafood platter with oysters
Grilled squid salad with lime dressing
Balsamic grilled vegetables
Our deep-sided bowls for informal meals are perfectly proportioned for dishing up muesli in the morning, a dollop of ice cream whenever it takes your fancy and grain based dishes and stews for dinner. There’s little that won’t bring comfort, ladled into our bowls.
Swiss bircher muesli
Rosehip and apple crumble
Sweet potato coconut and ginger soup
Japanese rice with pickles
Coconut dal with sambol
Orzo with roasted courgettes
Beef and barley stew
Sri Lankan beetroot curry
Caramelised onion and chilli ramen
Amaranth porridge with plums