Lockdown Donuts

Deb and Kieran made these scrumptious donuts at home - you can use the Dinner Rolls recipe in your breadmaker book if you have one, or make the simple dough recipe below. They are particularly excellent served warm, sprinkled with icing sugar with some lightly whipped cream and strawberry or apricot jam on the side. Not something you'd eat every day but the perfect lockdown treat!

2 cups flour
2 tsp bread yeast
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tblsp milk powder (optional)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 tblsp butter

Combine 3/4 cup of the flour and the rest of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Heat the milk, water and butter until very warm (but not boiling, as this will kill the yeast) and add to the flour mix. Beat for a couple of minutes (an electric mixer is perfect if you have one). Scrape the bowl down, add 1/4 cup flour and beat again. Then stir in the remaining flour until you have a soft dough. Lightly flour your surface and knead dough until it's really soft and elastic (around ten minutes).

Divide the dough into equal portions (it makes around 8-12).
Place on a lightly floured surface, cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise for 20 minutes.

Shape each ball as desired - you can make rings or twists, or stick to plain ovals.
Place on a greased tray, and leave them to rise at 30° for half an hour.
Deep fry the donuts - flipping them over halfway through - until golden brown.
Place on some kitchen paper to drain, and then roll in cinnamon sugar (or let them cool and coat with icing or a topping of your choice!)

Auckland Anniversary Sale

Help us celebrate the City of Sails with our Auckland Anniversary Sale! Here are the details:
- Sale runs from 9 am 25th January to 5 pm Monday 27th January 2020
- 20% off our Roulette pot range (instore and online). Click here to view!
- 20% 2nd Grade Medium Tubs (instore only)
- 20% off selected wall panel sets (instore only)

Well worth a summer weekend visit, and there's delicious coffee and little-somethings available in the cafe next door. We'd love to see you!

Labour Weekend Sale Guide 2020

Save the date! The Morris & James Labour Weekend Sale is coming up, this year from Friday 23rd – Monday 26th October from 9.00am to 5.00pm daily. This is your best opportunity to pick up your favourite Morris & James ceramics at a discount. Browse our showroom for an extensive range of pottery discounts and specials - which are available online too. 

We’ll also be bringing out a range of one-off and unique pieces that we have been saving up especially for this event throughout the year. These will be refreshed daily during the Sale, offering an interesting and wide variety of special curiosities as well as our standard showroom range!

LABOUR WEEKEND SALE 23rd - 26th October 2020

This year we are also excited to have live music planned for all four days between 10am - 2pm! We welcome back Andy Richards to play for us on Saturday and Sunday, and have Danny Cocrome performing Friday and Monday.  

We'll also have our usual (and very popular!) face-painting for the kids from 11am - 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Glaze and pot demonstrations are on at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 11.30am only on Monday. 

Pottery discounts include: 

  • 20% OFF first grade decorated pots
  • 15-25% OFF single glazed first and second pots
  • 25% OFF decorated platters and bowls
  • 25% OFF wall panels
  • 20% OFF follies and garden art

 *NOTE we are closed on Thursday the 24th October as we prepare for our sale.

Doors open at 9am sharp on Friday 23rd October for the 2020 Labour Weekend Sale.

Here are some tips to help you make the most of our sale!

Ordering online

Discounts also apply to ceramics available in our online shop . If you have any trouble ordering online, you can email us on .We are happy to help.

Whilst we have a huge selection of works available online, this is not our entire range. Our Showroom showcases our full range of production, limited edition and development pieces. Throughout the Sale, we also bring out new ceramics daily, so there will always be an interesting selection of ceramic gems.

Ordering from Facebook

If you are ordering online, you can check out our Facebook page and order one-off or unique pieces that you see in posts and photos that are not available on our online store/ website. If you see something you like, please call us on 09 422 7116 to request more information or to confirm your purchase. To make it easier for our showroom at this busy time, we’ll give any ceramics posted on FB a reference name, so make sure you have this handy when you call. You can also message us on Facebook, however we recommend that you do call us to make sure that the item is still available. 

Ordering by phone

You can call us to confirm your purchase from the start of the sale at 9.00am on Friday 23rd October. We can ship the items to you (and advise of shipping cost) or you can pick your items up at your convenience, free of charge. Our advice is to ring as early as possible on the day on 09 422 7116, and our Showroom team will be happy to help you with your order. 

Ordering by email

You are welcome to email us during the sale to request to purchase an item. We will however need to call you to confirm purchase using a credit card so please include your phone contact details in the email. You can email us your enquiry at 

What to do if you can't make the Sale 

Whilst we are unable to put stock aside before the sale, if you cannot visit us during the sale to take advantage of the discounts, you can visit us prior to the sale and identify items you'd like to purchase. Then, once the sale starts, you can call us to confirm your purchase. We advise you to call as early as possible to ensure you get the items you are after! We can either deliver the items to you (with shipping cost applied) or alternatively you could pick them up when convenient.

We hope to see you there and if you have any questions at all, please contact us, we'd love to hear from you!