Large black clay moon jar

Clay by Design

Contemporary handmade ceramics

Welcome to Clay by Design, an independent  studio pottery that creates handmade ceramics.


We're passionate about minimalist design, handmade beauty and slow living, and our collection includes carved kurinuki ware as well as wheel thrown pieces.  


Visit our shop to see our current collection, see us at an upcoming show, or get in touch if you'd like more information. 


Our story in pictures

About us

Clay by Design is run from a small studio near Farnham in Surrey, UK. Established in 2019, it has grown from humble beginnings to become a growing business with stockists in the UK, Europe and international markets.    

We create one off pieces or small batch ceramics for our collection, for bespoke customer orders and for wholesale retailers. Our own collection can be found on Etsy, and we share work in progress on our social media channels. 

Why are we makers? There is something very special about clay. It is raw, elemental, and both the material and practice connects us to our creative ancestors. When soft clay is worked and then transformed into ceramic, the piece becomes a permanent object that contains the energy of the earth and maker combined. It is a wonderful thing to be part of.    

Clay by Design is run by Alexandra Barto, a member of the Farnham Pottery community and the London Potters association.