Established in 1987, Dedza Pottery was co-founded by Christopher Stevens and Charity Stevens. Internationally recognised as an established pottery business, the company employs over 100 people and plays an important role in local communities and in Malawi’s tourism industry.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Christopher Stevens has been potting for over 40 years and has worked in different potteries in Europe. He came out to Malawi in the late 1970s, as a volunteer, to start a pottery business in Malindi at an old mission station at the south of Lake Malawi. At that time Malawi had plenty of firewood and the production was hand thrown and wood fired. He met Charity and at the end of his contract in Malawi, in the early 1980s, they set up a pottery on Crete in Greece. In 1987 they returned to Malawi, and in October of that year Dedza Pottery sold its first pots. Since then the pottery has been operational as a family business. Many of the senior staff have been with the business since the beginning and there are in‑house staff training programs to develop talent and skills.
Dedza Pottery and Lodge is a registered trading name of Dedza Pottery Limited, a private company incorporated in Malawi and run by Charity Stevens and her daughter Chifuno Stevens. Dedza Pottery Limited adheres to Malawian company laws, requires annual company returns and submits certified and audited accounts.