Pestle & Mortars

Our Pestle & Mortars are considered the definitive article by top cooks including Nigel Slater (featured on Simple Suppers) and Nigella Lawson; and are objects of desire for serious foodies around the world. 

The Porcelain Bowl Mortar with Ball Pestle was named one of the Designs of the Decade by The Sunday Times.

Why choose a pestle and mortar in porcelain?

It is a common misconception that porcelain is fragile. In fact porcelain is durable and hard, often used in medical and industrial applications. The strength comes from firing it at an extremely high temperature. Traditionally medicinal pestle & mortars were made in porcelain because of their durability. 

“I have the most perfect John Julian pestle and mortar already, a flat one for grinding that I use all the time.” Nigel Slater.

"Mine is a steel and granite one from John Julian" Nigella Lawson.

    • Pestle and Mortar as seen on Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers
    • Porcelain Flat Mortar with Ball Pestle - Large

      The unique sculptural shapes of the mortar and pestle are hand-thrown, and the unglazed vitrified finish make it a real tactile pleasure to use. It has a shallow mortar, adapted for better grinding and paste making. For best results, use the pestle with a rocking motion. Please note these pieces are individually...

      £145
    • Porcelain Flat Mortar with Spear Pestle - Large
    • Porcelain Flat Mortar with Spear Pestle - Large

      The sculptural shape of the Spear design is both pleasing to the eye and practical to use. The unique shape and the unglazed vitrified finish make it a real tactile pleasure to use. The mortar is shallower than most, allowing more efficient and effective grinding and paste making. Works best (and is at its...

      £145
    • Porcelain Ball Pestle and Mortar with Deep Bowl
    • Porcelain Bowl Mortar with Ball Pestle

      Recently included in The Sunday Times' list of 'The decade's design classics', Nigel Slater uses an early version of our large Ball Pestle and Bowl Mortar which he first bought from John Julian as a one-off piece. Our new Bowl Pestle and Mortar has been redesigned from this one-off original. The sculptural...

      £155
    • Bowl Porcelain Mortar with Spear Pestle
    • Porcelain Bowl Mortar with Spear Pestle

      Recently included in The Sunday Times' list of 'The decade's design classics', Nigel Slater uses an early version of our large Pestle & Mortar which he first bought from John Julian as a one-off piece. Our new Bowl Mortar has been redesigned from this one-off original and can be combined with either our Ball...

      £155