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Large Ball Pestle with Flat Mortar

Large Ball Pestle with Flat Mortar

Regular price £220.00 GBP
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Designed to last a lifetime, the iconic John Julian Large Ball Pestle with Flat Mortar is loved by chefs and cooks alike, including Nigel Slater.

The shallow mortar has a larger surface area than traditional mortars for optimal spice grinding and paste making. The ball pestle is designed so that it fits easily into the palm of the hand when using a gentle rocking motion.

Porcelain is incredibly durable, hard-wearing and surprisingly heavy making it an ideal material for a Pestle and Mortar.
They are easily cleaned in soapy water with a soft cloth or sponge.

The Large Ball Pestle with Flat Mortar is currently made to order.

  • Both Mortar and Pestle are hand thrown individually
  • Mortar: Approximately 23cm wide x 4cm high
  • Pestle: 12cm high

Nigel Slater uses an early version of our large porcelain Ball Pestle and Bowl Mortar which he first bought from John Julian as a one-off piece. Our new Bowl Pestle and Mortar has been redesigned from this one-off original.

As each piece is made by hand there will sometimes be some slight variation in colour and size, but we see this as part of their individual character and charm.


Hand Crafted

We hope that you will be happy with our products and appreciate their hand crafted qualities.

It is important to note that our artisan production methods are devised to produce products with individual character.

It is a central part of our ethos that the human hand is evident in the final product and therefore no two items that we produce are ever absolutely identical.

As each piece is made by hand there will sometimes be some slight variation in colour, detail and size, but we see this as part of their individual character and charm.


Elevate your dining experience by tailoring your tableware. At John Julian we offer a simple bespoke service using traditional techniques so that you can add a crest, monogram or logo to our tableware range. We create bespoke tableware sets for families as well as branded statement tableware for restaurants and hotels.

We can print and impress designs on our tableware using stamps. We can also add a hand painted line around the rims of our pieces. Occasionally we collaborate with other artists such as Makoto Kagoshima, Laura Carlin and Liz Hodges.

To discuss a bespoke commission, and to find out more please contact us

Net Zero

Caring for our planet and limiting our environmental impact is something that Julian is incredibly passionate about and we are always seeking ways to improve our practices.

John Julian is a member of the British Ceramic Confederation and Julian is a part of the Energy and Emissions Group which is working towards net zero emissions by 2050.

We consider our environmental impact at every turn.


Our packaging is carefully considered and is as eco friendly as possible.

We use cardboard boxes to ship our ceramics which can all be recycled, composted or reused.

We use recycled shredded cardboard from a renewable source as void filler (instead of bubble wrap) that can be reused or easily composted. It also makes great mulch on vegetable patches.

We also use 100% biodegradable and fully compostable packing peanuts.

Recycled paper, kraft paper and newsprint is used as much as possible and we occasionally re-use bubble wrap and other plastic material in our packaging but we never buy new.

International Delivery

We ship our products all over the world and welcome International customers.

The delivery charge for your order will be calculated at checkout but if you have any questions about international delivery please email us at for a quote. 

Delivery times will vary depending on your location and the time of year but we will send you a tracking link so that you can monitor the progress of your parcel once your order has been dispatched.

Please note that international packages may be subject to customs, duties or other fees that are calculated by country. The customer is responsible for paying any and all customs duties and fees.

UK Delivery

Delivery cost is calculated at checkout. 

At John Julian we aim to dispatch your John Julian pieces as soon as we can. Provided your piece is in stock, please allow 5-7 working days for First pieces to be dispatched.

We will contact you if your piece is made-to-order with a dispatch estimate. 

Once your order has been dispatched we will send you a unique reference number so that you can track the progress of your order.


As each piece is made by hand there will sometimes be some slight variation in colour, detail and size, but we see this as part of their individual character and charm.

Of course, if you are unhappy with a product and wish to return it we will gladly process a full refund (excluding original postage unless the item is faulty). Please contact us in the first instance at and we will be happy to help.

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