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 

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

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.    

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