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A Ways Away

Ceramic Match Striker

Regular price $25.00
Regular price Sale price $25.00

The A Ways Away match holder and striker is handbuilt from stoneware by Clare McGibbon in Los Angeles, CA. Its unglazed surface allows you to light strike-anywhere matches with a simple flick of the wrist. use it on your mantle to light a fire, or a table to light a candle.

Holds up to 100 matches. Use Diamond strike anywhere matches (not strike on box matches)

Size & Dimensions

1.5" WIDE x 1.5" DEEP

How to light a match

Grasp the match firmly at its midpoint with your index finger and thumb. place the match head onto the raw clay and confidently apply swift and firm outward pressure. Once the flame is out, flip the match over and place it back into the holder.

Always use caution and respect when working with fire. the match striker and matches are not a toy, keep them away from children at all times.

How to care for your match striker

• Over time, the match striker will show leftover marks from where matches have been struck. to clean, place it in the dishwasher, although hand-washing with soap and warm water can be more effective. 

• For optimal strikability, store matches away from humidity.

Where to find matches

Strike-anywhere matches can be found online or at some major grocery and hardware stores. If you're planning on buying in-person, I recommend calling your local store ahead of time to see if they're available.

Note: only strike-anywhere matches are compatible with your match striker, not "safety" matches or "strike-on-box" matches. Look for matches with a white, phosphorous tip (matches recommended are - diamond strike-anywhere matches, that you can purchase on Amazon.)


• Woman Owned
• Small Batch
• Made in the Los Angeles, CA.

About the Brand

Founded by clare mcgibbon in paris, france and currently based in los angeles, a ways away is a place to find a small-batch collection of contemporary ceramics and goods, ranging from home decor to jewelry.   Each piece is made by Clare in her LA studio. Due to the hand-crafted nature of her work and her inclination for anthropomorphism, no two pieces are identical, with slight variations in shape, size, glaze, and individual expression.   Clare's aesthetic comes from her franco-american upbringing in an artistic household. Her time living in Paris, New York, and California has instilled a strong sense of style that can be found in her objects. You can find her work featured in the washington post, apartment therapy, elle decoration sweden, real simple, etsy journal and mollie makes, amongst others.  Please note that a ways away is a small-batch studio that values quality over production quantity. all work is made to order and lead times can vary from 2-8 weeks depending on the order size and time of year.  A Ways Away items are made with love that lasts a lifetime.