While Thea Ceramics is still a young brand, Esther McDonald has already gained a loyal following through her beautiful instagram page. Nestled away on Waiheke Island, Thea Ceramics are made with love and care in a converted garden shed looking out to Matiatia Bay, with chickens squawking nearby and Esther’s two-year-old son playing next door. Thea Ceramics beg to be held, the rough New Zealand stoneware contrasting with soothing shades of matte glaze applied just where mouths and food meet the pieces. Sustainability is an important part of the brand, and Esther designs and tests her pieces relentlessly to ensure every piece is something that will not only be a joy to use everyday, but will stand up to everyday wear and tear. Her cups are equally as perfect for café use and industrial dishwashers, as they are for a Kiwi barbecue with a tumbler of wine or juice.