Klomp Ceramics started with a couple of bags of clay in the spare bedroom of Alexia Klompje’s apartment in 2013. Her successful career as a stylist had been put on hold following a brain tumor diagnosis. The tumor left her unable to move the right side of her body from shoulder to toes. Her life was turned upside down, she could barely leave the apartment and the recovery was slow.
As a creative person, Alexia desperately needed something to do with her hands while she healed. Unsure of what that was, she had a dream one night that told her she needed to start working with clay. That was it. Playing with clay allowed her to express herself, tell her story and heal. And Klomp Ceramics was born.
Years later, Alexia’s dream has become a successful small business with international demand for her beautifully crafted home goods. As a maker and designer, she aims to promote handmade South African design around the world, and connect to others in a meaningful way through a medium she loves. Alexia’s pieces express both her minimalistic design aesthetic, and her personal story and experiences. The pieces are organic, imbued with emotion and a meaningful message.
Alexia’s tableware creations have a natural form which Alexia attributes to the medium itself. Clay is a free material and the alchemy of ceramics mean that there is always something left to chance in the final outcome - something that Alexia feels frees her from being too perfectionist and gives each piece a very personal touch.
Alexia creates tableware items that reflect her healing process and the experiences she was going through at the time. For example, the elegant Pink tableware range features glazed ceramic stoneware that Alexia says had “been brewing in me since I was pregnant with my little girl.”
Klomp designs range from bold to simplistic, meaning they can stand on their own as a statement piece, or be paired with any other tableware. Take for example the Everyday tableware range in milky white – it will suit any space and can be mixed and matched with ease.
Alexia’s workshops, which take place in her calming Cape Town workshop, focus on creativity and healing. She uses clay work to explore and rediscover creative play - the starting point of creativity and innovation. Her workshops help people focus on transformation and participants journey through clay work to re-center, heal & rediscover their authentic creative selves and the process of creating.
We love that Klomp ceramic tableware forges a connection between you and the artist. Each of Alexia’s pieces quite literally show that her hands were involved in their making. These are classic and elegant designs that will bring beauty and meaning to your tabletop. Alexia proves that minimalism doesn’t have to be boring and functional every day tableware can be anything but ordinary.
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