Sensitivity and practicality are at the heart of Klay, a small business that commands respect for the process and skills that are integral to high-quality making. 

Launched in 2013 with a tiny offering, Klay expanded holistically and by 2016 had sure footing, a website, and wholesale stockists. A true family operation, founder, designer and lead maker Kirsty McLay works closely with daughter Hannah, who helps realise Kirsty’s vision. This familial ethos extends to Klay’s community of makers, retailers and customers, with Klay items found in homes around the world.


Duncan Shearer specialises in wood-fired, soda-glazed pottery using traditional techniques. He lives and works in Karangahake Gorge where he uses his vast knowledge to teach with his partner and fellow potter Charade Honey, he also consults on a range of pottery subjects including kiln construction.