Esther McDonald (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Pukinga and Pakeha) is a ceramic artist, who runs and owns Thea Ceramics. Esther specialises in wheel thrown pottery on small scale production, making pieces for every day use. Thea ceramics pieces are contemporary stoneware pieces, inspired by where the sea meets the land. Esther works from her garden studio on Waiheke Island with the support of her small team. Pottery is in the family with her Nan Althea Kypers (which Thea is named after) being a studio potter, teaching her uncle Shane Mcdoanld and then Shane teaching Esther when she was living in Melbourne Australia form 2009-2014. Thea ceramics works towards having well loved and functional ware that is a favourite in any home.