Le Souk Ceramique
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn about us.
We are an American-Tunisian company, started in 1997, with the simple goal of maintaining the tradition of hand-made and hand-painted ceramics, while also adhering to the principles of providing a living wage with exceptional working conditions. Our US offices/warehouse are located in Clinton, Washington State (on beautiful Whidbey Island). Our studio is located in Nabeul, Tunisia on the gorgeous Mediterranean coast.
We believe our niche in the marketplace is to offer reasonably priced ceramics, truly freehand-painted, that are produced in the Mediterranean region. We are not high-end, expensive art like the ceramics made in Italy or France, but we are also not mass-produced ceramics from a factory in China. We aim to maintain the art of hand-painted ceramics while also keeping them affordable and functional. In our rapidly mechanized and digitized world, we are proud to show that we paint each and every piece freehand.
We also do not outsource or subcontract any aspect of our production. We make each piece at our studio in Nabeul using raw stoneware clay (we bring in the raw clay from Portugal since there is no Tunisian stoneware clay). We have our own plaster workshop where we create our mouldes. We make all our own bisques (the fired stoneware blank) and then we freehand paint our designs. We invite you to watch the videos so you can see for yourself how we craft raw clay and glaze into the finished pieces.
In parallel to our ceramics studio, we started Le Souk Olivique in 2013, also in Nabeul, Tunisia. We currently make over 80 shapes and sizes of olive wood kitchen tools such as utensils, boards, bowls and more. Olive wood is the quintessential Mediterranean wood and they blend in beautifully with our ceramics and tagines