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Longpi black pottery



The Karibowls can be pre-ordered here. This unique product is made in small batches, and as a result lead time is approx. 8-10 weeks.

At each stage of the manufacturing process, we have created interventions that highlight the handmade aspect, while reducing the production time for the artisans. For example, introducing 3D printed moulds has allowed for greater detailing, sharper lines and precise forms.

The bowls unlike the the karipot and karipan are not recommended for cooking and should not be used to store food, but is ideal for serving it!

Best hand washed with a hard brush.

product details

Materials river clay, serpentine rock
Process hand moulded clay
Dimensions small l 7.5cm x w 7.5cm x h 6cm, Large l 24 cm x w 24cm x h 6cm
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A collection of ceramic cookware designed in collaboration with Mathew Sasa, who comes from a family of multi award winning ceramicists from the remote village of Longpi. Longpi sits on the disputed border between the states of Nagaland, and Manipur, in the North Eastern part of India.

Longpi is famous for it’s widely recognized craft using a unique ceramic material that is made from a locally found ‘serpentine’ stone and river clay. These ceramic pieces are entirely hand-built and burnished, and are fired at low temperatures without any glazes making them completely bio-degradable. Working with Mathew, we have designed a range of contemporary cookware – that harnesses the unique properties of the clay as a cooking material, by combining design interventions such as 3D printed moulding with traditional hand-building techniques.

We are a product design studio based between Bangalore and London.

India fascinates and inspires us. We think that there is more to Indian design than just sticking an elephant on it, and that Indian craft has more to offer than simply repeating the past.

India can seem a pretty chaotic place. But sitting there, quietly are some really incredible, super functional designs. The “designers” of these objects if they can be found at all, aren’t celebrated in the same way as they are in other countries. Instead design is seen as a bi-product of living. This unassuming approach, with an emphasis on a quiet functionality, is what inspires and drives our creative process.

At Tiipoi, we tell positive and insightful stories of a real India, that is changing and shifting all the time. We don’t want to tell nostalgic stories of its past. We prefer to look at what is happening right now, and highlight India’s role in contemporary design.