Welcome to The Starfish Potter!

Hand-made pottery from northern Tanzania

I am a potter working from a studio in Usa River, near Arusha in northern Tanzania. I create a range of unique wheel-thrown and hand-crafted pottery from stoneware clay mined from Same (about 250km to the south-east). Enrich your home with organic bowls, mugs, jugs, plates, tiles and lemon-grass scented candles or liven up your garden with pretty plant pots and bird feeders. All pieces are lovingly designed and created by me and each one is unique. 

Beautiful creations made from stone-ware clay, locally sourced

Pottery pieces typically take about 3-4 weeks to create. Once I have made the pot on the wheel, it has to air dry for about a week before it can be bisque-fired (to 1000C for 10 hours). Each piece is then glazed and fired again to a temperature of 1230C for 12 hours. It takes 48 hours for the kiln to cool down enough to remove the items. All my pots can be used in the oven and microwave. 

I also run a variety of workshops and courses for people of all ages. 

How to order 

Have a look at some of my work in the Gallery section. This will give you an idea of my style and the glaze colours on offer. I normally make to order so please send me an email ( and let me know what you would like, the quantities, colours and dimensions. Thank you! 

Cat Joynson-Hicks