Hestemarí and Hermiene Ferreira are the co-founders of Three Potters and a Painter, a pottery studio based in the heart of the Winelands – Stellenbosch, South Africa. They are second-generation potters who proudly attribute their knowledge of clay to their mother.

Together, the dynamic sister duo has set out to change the way the design process is approached and experienced by all who become involved. Three Potters and a Painter is able to create inimitable ranges through the use of a great variety of different clays and glazes. They have been honoured to enter a collaborative journey with some of the country’s most phenomenal chefs, extraordinary restaurants, and prestigious wine farms in the country.

"Creativity takes courage."

Hestemarí Ferreira

Her work represents the unexpected. Her creations represents a journey of soliloquy which both praises and explores the wonders of the surreal which often crosses the boundaries between the botanical, aquatic, and animal kingdoms.


Inspired by the elasticity, considerable strength, translucency, and high resistance associated with porcelain clay, Hestemarí adores this medium. She showcases its uniqueness and beauty on a smaller scale through whimsical and playful colors and forms.

Hermiene Ferreira

Leonardo da Vinci once said that “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Hermiene celebrates shape and form! Her designs are characterized by an alluring and striking combination of forms and lines resulting in vessels which not only embraces but flaunts the often understated natural tones and colors of clay. Her creations also represent geometric patterns with intricate and detailed designs.

Clay can be dirt in the wrong hands, but clay can be art in the right hands.

- Lupita Nyong'o -


Though founded by two sisters who shared a love and passion for creation and design, Three Potters and a Painter has grown and expanded to comprise a proud and charismatic team of African Artists-in-Residence. Each member of the team is able to masterfully create unique products and ranges which both boasts their artistic strengths and resonates and permeates their own personality.

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