Clay by Design
Contemporary handmade ceramics
Welcome to Clay by Design, the working 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
Our story in pictures
Clay by Design is run from a small studio pottery near Farnham in Surrey, UK. Established in 2019, it has grown from humble beginnings to become a growing business with retailers in the UK, Europe and international markets.
We create one off pieces of tactile ceramic art, and new collections are shared here on our website and 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.