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Since 1997

26 April 2021

Started in 1997 by a Cape Town pharmacist, Wild Olive Artisans is an independent House based in Cape Town. 

We create natural products that are considered in their design and cultural aspect. Our prerequisites are sustainability, skill development, putting people and nature first, high quality materials and freedom of creativity. 

The House was acquired in 2007 by creative director Marioara de la Tzara who is still at the helm of the business today. As new comers in the industry we had the opportunity to set our operations up with relevance in regards to the social and environmental concerns of today.


Our products are consistent with our values, combining high standard, ethics and aesthetics with sustainable methodology. They reflect years of dedication in pursuit of excellent quality and design. Everything we do is intended for life in harmony with nature.



Our artisans are the essence of our house and some have been with us for longer than 15 years. We appreciate the impact of their work, every day. 

We combine traditional techniques with the latest technologies and passing our knowledge onto the next generation is part of our strategy for the future. 



We are committed to provide the enabling environment for creation, skill development and skill improvement, with remarkable work conditions focused on parenthood.


Our House is influential in shaping the code of the emerging African artisanal industry and we understand the high responsibility that comes with this position. We want to extend our influence through collaborations with local artists, artisans, or businesses that share our values.

We assume responsibility for our people, for our cultural heritage and traditions and for our environment.

Wild Olive Artisans House is about excellence and growth, but it will always be first about its people and the environment. 


porcelain in ceremonial costume

Porcelain with patterns derived from Ndebele wall art and the Xhosa ceremonial costume

Our Identity is rooted in nature and our cultural heritage: the black ink made from the wild olive fruit, the Ndebele wall art and the Xhosa ceremonial costume. We create products with timeless aesthetic for a life in harmony with nature.

Our philosophy of social and environmental responsibility kept us committed to transparency within the industry that we operate in.

Throughout our creative process we maintain our authenticity, our quest for excellence and our innovative spirit.

We design products that subtly address cultural and environmental concerns of today. 

We believe that creativity and nature must go hand in hand, because our products come from the richness of nature and are made by people for people.

Everything is sourced consciously.

We are committed to the experience without compromise.

We are respectful to the process and time required for things to perfectly evolve.

Each product is made by hand and with natural ingredients and materials.

All our products are suitable to people who want to live with nature.

Our purpose is to demonstrate that running an ethical, socially and environmentally conscious enterprise is profitable and is the way forward.

We are committed to create long-term value for our employees, for our society and for our company.

We do this by building resilience to ensure that we maintain our freedom and creativity, while always working towards a more sustainable business model.

Using our influence and our ability to think, act and invest for the long term we believe that we can secure our future and contribute to shaping a better world. Our ambition is to act exemplary.

We made a clear commitment to engage the human, creative, and financial resources needed to effect long-term positive change. This commitment is made possible by our independent, private ownership structure.

Some of our assets are

  • In- house R&D laboratory for cosmetics and perfumery with valuable formulae in the portfolio
  • In-house manufacturing laboratories for cosmetic and perfumery products equipped with the latest technology
  • In-house perfumer
  • In-house CMT atelier
  • In-house pottery atelier
  • In-house complete creative department
  • Master artisans with over a decade of experience
  • A second generation joining the business
  • An ever-growing art collection