Italian Handmade and Handpainted Ceramics

These handmade and handpainted ceramics are definitely not ordinary plates – but style maven Kumari Govender says we should use them anyway!

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Should we be putting these gorgeous handpainted ceramics up on the wall or keeping them safe in a glass cabinet? Style curator Kumari Govender of Haute Edit says no – they should be used and enjoyed.

'With these adorning your table, you can be forgiven if you preen like a peacock at your parties,' she says. And we can't help but agree with her.

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Limoncello plate from the Amalfi range of crockery by Haute Edit.


The Amalfi collection is a new addition to the finely curated offering at Govender's online store. These handmade and handpainted ceramics are co-designed by the Italian artist Pasquale Sorrentino, and every item in the collection is shaped using a technique called 'tornio', an ancient art form. 

Govender's contribution to the design process is visual, but also functional, in that she cleverly makes up beautiful three-piece sets of these lovely handpainted ceramics that work well together.

The size and design was also slightly altered – the aim was to stay true to Sorrentino's vision, but also merge this with her own. The end result is two sub-ranges within Amalfi – Limoncello and Pavone – each of which includes an antipasto plate, an aperitivo plate and a pasta bowl. Both of these sets of handpainted ceramics are exclusively available through Haute Edit. 

'The distinctively Italian Amalfi collection reaffirms my commitment to storytelling through heritage craftsmanship, and celebrates my love for art and age-old techniques,' says Govender.

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Pavone plates from the Amalfi range by Haute Edit.
Handpainted Ceramics | House and Leisure
Limoncello plate from the Amalfi range by Haute Edit.


The handpainted ceramics cost between R940 and R2540 per item, and the collection is now available online at

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5 Minutes With Kumari Govender

Tell us a little more about the handpainted ceramics of the Amalfi range and what made you want to make these part of the Haute Edit offering?

From its inception, Haute Edit has been a celebration of my passions - art, travel and craftsmanship. This range is the perfect confluence of all three with an inspiring backstory steeped in culture and heritage.

Haute Edit is your own design label focussed on creating experiences. Can you tell us a bit more about that?

Haute Edit's soul is all about the human connection. It is about honouring the artisanal touch and thanking the tireless hands that bring our visionary collections to life. It is also about presenting our clients with superior offerings and epicurean experiences that speak to their extensive needs, connecting them to timeless products that can be treasured for generations. 

Tell us about your collaboration process with other artisans?

I have a passion for heritage craftmanship, which I love exploring on my travels. I always look out for quality craft with backstories that capture my heart. Handmade products have a distinctive, soulful energy that is incomparable. If I feel a connection and synergy, I will pursue a collaboration. Every collaboration and process is unique, depending on the artisan and region. Some can prove to be quite challenging, but the end result is always rewarding. 

Did you always see yourself working in the luxury fashion- and homeware-design worlds? 

Even though I initially pursued a career in project management and cost estimating, as a child, I had an endless love for fashion. So I guess, somehow, I always knew that following my dreams would bring me to this point. 

What does a typical day in your life look like?

I don't really have a typical day, but it always starts with a strong cup of coffee. My mornings are reserved for creative direction. So you will find me working on new designs, developing and improving on existing ones or looking for inspiration. I have recently started working towards being less busy and more intentional. So I've thrown out my ever growing to-do lists and I am mastering the art of time-blocking.  

What is your earliest sensory memory? 

Spending time in my grandmother's kitchen while she prepared and hand-fed me the most aromatic dhal and rice with lashings of butter. 

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