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What a dish: Kiwi collab sees mud become a masterpiece

Just in time for winter entertaining, founder of Kiwi fashion lable Ketz-ke Jenny Drury and boutique ceramicist Yon Kavvas of Claybird ceramics have combined their talents to create a stunning serving plate available in two unique designs.

Featuring Claybird’s perfectly-imperfect hand casting, the plates’ bold designs are overlaid as a nod to Ketz-ke’s much-loved statement prints.

“Anyone who knows me well, will know that some of my favourite things are coffee & cake and wine & cheese (or kettle fries), says Jenny.

“The plate seemed like the perfect piece to have in the cupboard that could be used for multiple things. I also love the uniqueness of the material too, not one piece looks the same as another.”

Having always admired Yon’s work, Jenny says she tried her luck reaching out for a collaboration, of which was a success. At the time Yon’s studio was based only a few minutes away from Ketze-ke HQ on the North Shore and the creative process became easy.

“In terms of the collaboration I was heavily involved in the design element while Yon worked her magic on the making and brining the idea to life,” says Jennyy.

“The creation process it a bit of a secret but all are handcrafted by me, myself and I in my studio in Auckland and are infused with Waihi Beach sand,” adds Yon.

The link to Waihi Beach is special for both Jenny and Yon with each holding strong family ties to the area and complements their joint interest in seeking inspiration there.

Jenny says it’s the pair’s similar eye for design that has made the project a relatively straightforward one.

“We’ve collaborated and managed to find the perfect happy medium between our two brands,” adds Yon.

The 28cm serving plate is the third piece in a series that the duo has dreamt up, the two iterations of which, a mug and cake plate, were a speedy sell out.

Available in ‘Splat’ and ‘Drip’ designs from July 1st 2021 ketzke.com, each plate is hand cast and hand painted so numbers are limited. 

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