Rutendo Collective was founded in late 2019 - the fulfilment of a lifelong dream of Designer, Rutendo Zambuko, to design quality homeware accessories, inspired by and handmade in Africa. Having spent much of her career in Graphic design, Rutendo sought an avenue of self expression that allowed her to make physical products, that celebrated her heritage as an African woman.
Their modern stoneware pieces are one-of-a-kind designs, which both compliment and add interest to any home or table setting. Their serveware collection is a play on the organic forms they find on the African Savanna; from the bulbous baobab with its velvety fruit, to the naturally occurring calabashes traditionally used to carry water.
Rutendo Collective was founded with the ethos that, by hand-making beautiful products locally, they can impact the lives of the people in their communities through up skilling and long-term employment.
Rutendo uses sustainably sourced materials, opting for locally occurring, quality materials, which can be sourced within a 100km radius. All ceramic pieces are handmade in Johannesburg, in their studio and affiliate ateliers.