This ceramic mortar and pestle is drawn from the kitchen collection of Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse, as part of her ongoing collaboration with Permanent Collection. Based on one of her most indispensable tools, a Japanese suribachi, this piece is perfect for making vinaigrettes, pounding sauces or grinding spices. This hard-wearing, versatile mortar and pestle will become your favorite kitchen friend! Hand-thrown by California ceramicist Colleen Hennessey, the mortar comes with a hand-turned pestle made from solid, sustainably-sourced maple.
Pre-use instructions: We recommend doing a preliminary seasoning before first use: mix sesame seeds or rice with coarse salt, and grind thoroughly. This should remove any remaining clay grit and is a good preparatory process for any unseasoned clay kitchen tools. Keep your wood pestle clean and dry, and condition with mineral oil as needed.
Please note that, due to each piece being thrown and glazed by hand, size and color vary very slightly.
Ceramic mortar and wooden pestle
Mortar fabricated exclusively for Permanent Collection by Colleen Hennessey in Mendocino, CA.
Pestle fabricated by Jake Pschigoda in southwest Michigan.
Hand wash only. Clean pestle with warm water and little or no soap and treat with pure mineral oil as needed. Soak mortar in warm water before gentle hand wash. Dry thoroughly.
Please use caution when using on fragile surfaces. We suggest keeping a dish towel under mortar on countertops.