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Clay by Design

Contemporary handmade ceramics

Welcome to Clay by Design, the studio name for the ceramic art by Alexandra Barto. 

I create contemporary handmade ceramic vessels, specialising in moon jar-inspired forms with layered painterly surfaces. Each jar is an exploration of colour and texture, and each is a unique piece of tactile art. 

"Love the moon jar! The quality is amazing, love the color and texture... the piece was safely packed."


"I love this beautiful pot. The pink on it reminds me of pink earth lichen... Shipping was very fast to the United States."



"Another beautiful creation! Love it, thank you!"


"Great quality... Really nice people to deal with, cannot sing their praises enough. Good luck for 2022."


The story in pictures


Clay by Design is a small studio pottery based near Farnham in Surrey, UK. Established in 2019, it has grown from humble beginnings to become a growing business with reach into local, regional and international markets.     

I create one off pieces of tactile ceramic art, and new collections are shared here on the website and on social media channels, as well as through Bell Fine Art in Winchester,  White Chalk Gallery in Devizes and the Lightbox Gallery shop in Woking.  

Why am I a maker? There's something very special about clay. It is raw, elemental, and both the material and practice connects me 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 Design Nation, the Farnham Pottery community, the London Potters association, the Crafts Council Directory. 

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