A Family Business
Dedza Pottery and Lodge and Nkhotakota Safari Lodge are registered trading names of Paragon Ceramics Limited, a private company incorporated in Malawi and owned by Charity Stevens. Paragon Ceramics adheres to Malawian company laws, requires annual company returns and submits certified and audited accounts.
Established in 1987, Paragon Ceramics was co-founded by Christopher Stevens and Charity Stevens. Internationally recognised as an established pottery business, Paragon Ceramics employs over 130 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 38 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, 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 our senior staff have been with us since the beginning and we now have in house staff training programs.
Since the year 2008, Paragon Ceramics has been a key driver behind the building of Chankhasi School in Nkhandwe Village. Chankhasi School is a community primary school which was built after concerns that many young children were not attending school as it was a long way to walk to the nearest primary school, which was over 6 Km away. Furthermore, in the rainy season the rivers were too dangerous for young children to cross. Today, with significant help from Paragon Ceramics led by Christopher Stevens, Chankhasi School now accommodates over 300 students and employs seven teachers.