The Merchant's Table

Smoked Fired Porcelain Shells - Steven James Will


Steven has cast locally found oyster, scallop and mussel shells to create porcelain forms which he has smoke fired, natural raku, giving each one an individual moody patina and matt finish. In contrast, the inside of some have been embellished with a glorious gold or copper leaf for a striking contrast.

Steven James Will lives and works amongst the expansive wildness of the Suffolk Coast. The constant change of the south Suffolk estuaries, their salt marshes, dead-end roads, forests and heaths inspire and contribute to Steven’s colour palette as he includes natural materials (mud, clay, coralline crag and wood ash) to decorate his thrown and cast porcelain.

Because of the smoke firing process elected, each shell displays a one-of-a-kind mottled texture of varying degrees, embracing the natural individuality of shells.

The shells are decorative and not food safe. The gold and copper leaf is sealed with natural shellac to inhibit the material tarnishing. 


The Mussel shells, Holkham, Norfolk

Oyster shells, Wrabness, Essex

Scallop shells, Scotland


Scallop shells: 10 x 8.5cm

Mussel shells: 10 x 5cm

Oyster shells: 12 x 7.5cm

We aim to make ordering from us as straightforward as possible.

Once your online transaction has been completed your order will be confirmed by email within 24 hours. If your order is placed on a Friday, or over the weekend, your item will be shipped within 3 days from the Monday.

Using Royal Mail our shipping rates are calculated based on the estimated weight and size of the items. 

You have the option of First Class Delivery (which cannot be tracked), or Tracked delivery ( to enable you to track your package through all stages of the delivery process)


Please allow 3-5 working days for delivery in the UK. In most cases it will be less.


We do ship outside of the UK and are delighted to do so, but we ask you to email,, so we may give you an accurate shipping cost to your destination.

Any customs or import duties are charged once the parcel reaches its destination country. These charges must be paid by the recipient of the parcel. Unfortunately, we have no control over these charges, and cannot tell you what the cost would be, as customs policies and import duties vary widely from country to country.


We recommend contacting your local customs office for current charges before you order, so you are not surprised by charges you were not expecting.

Please be aware that your parcel can be also delayed by customs and subsequent charges can be applied. We have no control over this, and cannot supply any details why or for how long your parcel will be delayed.

If you wish to return a purchase please notify us at

If you are unhappy with our products in any way, they can be returned provided they are in saleable condition.

If you wish to return your item and receive a full refund items need to posted/couriered back to us within 7 days of being received by you.

Please note refunds to Debit/Credit Cards normally clear in 1/2 days after receipt of the returned goods.

Returns received outside the above time frame will not be accepted. For all returns you will be required to arrange and pay for the return of the products to us.

We will only accept returns provided the goods are received by us in the condition they were in when delivered to you.


Please returns items to: 

The Merchant’s Table
10 Church Street
Suffolk IP12 1DH

The Maker

Steven James Will

Steven Will’s pottery is located on the Suffolk coast, with much of his work rooted in the local landscape. Steven's colour palette is sourced from natural materials (mud, clays and wood ash) to decorate thrown and cast porcelain, the colours of the Suffolk coast.
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