Welcome to Hippo Studio - Quality Zimbabwe Pottery

Hippo Studio is a small pottery in Zimbabwe producing hand painted ceramics.  Bringing tableware and homeware that is vibrant and uniquely African-inspired to your table or your home.  Every piece is a one-of-a-kind and is hand-signed by the decorator, just one of the many aspects that makes us a “people” business.  

It all begins in the studio with the Potter pounding the clay and turning his wheel, to the decorators that bring life to each piece with design, colour and individual style, to our kiln packer and glazer and the handful of others that keep busy at their stations.  You can find out more about each of our decorators here

This site catalogues our two collections:  Chekari and Belinda Mary and within each collection you will find examples of our product range the different designs.  We are always tweaking colours, designs, and new content and the results sometimes sell faster than we can photograph, clean and upload to this site.  Our  Facebook and Instagram pages are where we regularly post news of products and designs, and we invite you to follow our story on these pages.  We have built up a lively following, which has become a big part of our personality, reminding us always of the famous African proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child.”  

Some tips on using this site and introducing our online shopping page


There is no check-out facility on this site, but you can contact us via email any queries, orders or shipping details.  We use an international, reputable shipping company that delivers worldwide to your doorstep and this makes us sleep easy.

Photograph courtesy of Lizette Carter

Photograph courtesy of Maeve Hilton

Photograph courtesy of Nancy Donenfeld

We have introduced a one-stop shopping site. Here, we have selected pieces, using the principle of “what you see is what you get”.  These pieces are packaged and set aside ready for shipping, they are weighted for shipping calculations and our shopping site has a check-out facility to complete the transaction.