Jarra

Contemporary self-cooling ceramic tableware.

Before refrigerators, clay vessels known as a ‘jarra’ were used to keep water cool. The water seeps through the walls and evaporates, leaving what’s inside cool and refreshing on a warm summer day. Now, for food safety, ceramics need to be glazed. Glazing however, compromises the natural cooling effect of ceramics.

We have reinterpreted the jarra in a contemporary design that still cools all while meeting safety standards. We use special glazing techniques that allow you to enjoy the refreshing taste of clay cooled water.

Year

2018

Client

Twelve Degrees

Awards

Red Dot Award, Winner, 2019
Good Design Award, Finalist, 2019
Dezeen Design Award, Longlisted, 2019

Jarra is designed ergonomically with weight distribution in mind – making it easier to pour and hold.

How to use Jarra

Jarra will actively cool your water for a few hours after the first two steps:

The image shows a Jarra carafe being held under running water.

1 – Keep the Jarra under cool running water for one minute.

Image shows a Jarra carafe being filled with water.

2 – Fill the Jarra with water.

3 – Enjoy a cool fresh cup of water.

Prototyping

Motivated by the form of traditional vessels and then exploring the materiality of clay, we developed Jarra’s form.

We chose aluminium for the cap because aluminium doesn’t react to water. It also helps to complete the contemporary feel of the design.