Endangered Jug, Blue Whio, Large

Native birds have come to symbolise New Zealand’s natural beauty, rarity and endemic qualities. We think the best way to do this is to bring a little bit of bird life in to your home in the form of a functional yet beautiful jug.

We are thrilled to celebrate our rare native birds in a special collaboration with Bob Steiner. We hope to highlight the stories and precious nature of three endangered native birds; the Chatham Island Tui, Reef Kotuku and Blue Whio. Each bird is represented in a hand picked glaze which is applied to a one of a kind and entirely exclusive ceramic bird jug by Bob Steiner. Each bird just is hand made by Bob and his team in Avondale, right down to each little eye being crafted and applied by hand. 


Blue Whio

An incredibly precious and highly endangered bird. Locating the Whio involves a long and difficult drive up to Toatoa and to the western edge of the Raukumara Forest Park, as it has now retreated from the lowlands to the swifter flowing streams of the more mountainous and wilder areas of the country. Like many of New Zealand’s endemic birds they are not good flyers, a feature suggesting the Whio is a very ancient inhabitant of New Zealand. The characteristic whistle is produced only by the male and this is best rendered by the Maori name Whio.


Endangered bird jug sizes:

Tiny- 7 cm tall by 6 cm wide

Small- 10 cm tall by 8 cm wide

Large- 25 cm tall by 12 cm wide


All jugs are hand made from clay and fired in a kiln. All pieces are glazed and therefore food safe. Each jug is based on Bob Steiner’s popular squeeze design where finger indents are pressed into the sides of the jug making it the most ergonomically designed pourer. Please treat your bird jug with love and care and it will last a lifetime. Please hand wash. Tiny and small jugs are ideal as bud vases or milk and gravy pourers. The large jug is an exceptional vase for flowers of leaf cuttings. It is also ideal as a jug for pouring juice, water and other drinks.


Bob Steiner is a renowned New Zealand ceramic artist and potter based in Auckland. Coming from a background in the handcrafted pottery traditions of New Zealand Bob offers handmade sculptural ceramic tiles that capture the essence of Aotearoa's fauna and flora. Bob Steiner also creates tableware at his ceramics studio which is available in a wide range from contemporary designer pieces to Pacific and Kiwiana inspired ranges. Many of Bob’s pieces have become collectible over the passed decades and every year he adds new pieces to his collection.