It’s something we all wish we could do, Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze styles. A girl can dream, right? The Coast is fast filling up with talented peeps that possess some mad pottery skills and we can’t get enough. Long gone are the days when our grandparents had a 16-piece matching dinner set, usually that was too good to be used. We prefer all the unique, authentic and one-of-a-kind pieces to fill up our kitchen cupboards; inspired by the earth, made with bare hands and delivered with a whole lotta love. Here are seven local ceramists we’re loving right now.
The Marloe Marloe studio opened back in 2014 out of a desire to combine creative pursuits together into one joint venture. Marloe favours the product design and development process the best, believing that new and varying projects is what keeps her motivated and on her toes. Inspired by everything she lays her eyes on, from sight seeing on her travels, to interiors and even architecture with differing colour palettes are always an attraction to the eye. From collaborating with brands like The Lane, doing custom bowls for Hellenika restaurant and more exciting works in the pipeline, it’s safe to say, when you follow your passion, everything falls into place.
Comfort And Calm
Jacqueline is a wife, mother, teacher and creative by nature. She first bought a sewing machine and learnt how to sew, bought a candle making kit and learnt how to make candles and then found her true passion when she enrolled in a pottery class. She believes making ceramics is the best kind of therapy—seeing how the pieces have evolved over the process and collecting them from the kiln is like Christmas Day. With a rustic and simplistic style, her pieces wouldn’t be out of place in any home as she uses earthy glazes and textures that are nature inspired. Let’s be honest, we could all do with a little comfort and calm inside our homes. Pun intended.
Thrown By Jo
Jo first learnt how to create magic six years ago and today is creating minimalist, yet incredibly beautiful pieces that are also functional for our everyday lives. The ‘bowl’ is the piece she get’s excited about making, since it has endless possibilities in form and function, that starts with the hands of the maker and ends in the hands of the user. Thrown By Jo has recently taken residence in an old warehouse in Currumbin where you will find her on the daily, doing what she does best. We are big fans of her driftwood and porcelain spoons that are perfect for those fancy dinner parties, or for getting more ice cream into your gob. You choose. We won’t judge.
One look at Grit Ceramics Instagram will have you slowing down in a state of mindfulness in an instant. Leia, once a professional snowboarder, has gained a deep respect for the slow process of ceramics in today’s fast-paced environment. An ethos and inspiration for gritCERAMICS is that when you buy handmade, you are investing in the disciplined practice of perseverance, resilience and true grit. Leia has now set up shop in what she calls her gritLAB—a converted shipping container behind Osteria in Casuarina. The brand has shifted its focus from producing homewares into the commercial tableware and custom design realms and it’s no surprise why… Her talent is too true to be hidden in homes but should be shared by many in ridiculously good restaurants.
Harvest Clay's Lisa Benny has an innate interest and curiosity for how we live our daily lives, so much so that she likes to create pottery pieces that fit seamlessly into our homes. Inspired by interior design, living in a natural environment and the history of using simple elements is what drives Lisa to create. She loves throwing bowls, plates, tumblers and mugs on the wheel (not literally throwing and breaking, FYI). The ultimate goal = to produce a visually proportioned, elegant and functional piece that someone loves enough to want to put in their homes. That is her greatest satisfaction and what keeps her at the kiln day in, day out. You can find her pieces at The Village Markets, we can’t wait to get our hands on her speckled spring bowls!
Nest & Nettle
Inundated with talent, Cindy from Nest & Nettle is a potter, vegetarian cook, florist and photo stylist who finds happiness in all the simple things. She is the co-owner of Hamrey and Norton; an open pottery space in Currumbin with Jo who we wrote about above. Talk about a dynamic duo in a beautiful and inspiring space! You can even hire Cindy’s pieces for your function or wedding and the hard work of styling the tabletop will be done for you. The two are having Christmas workshops where you can make clay Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands and other decorations for the upcoming silly season. What a fun and festive thing to do with like-minded souls? We suggest you look them up ASAP and seek out that blue door in Currumbin that has connectivity, creativity and community in its walls.
Sit Still Lauren Ceramics
Lauren calls herself a mud manipulator but we think she is so much more than that. She shares her incredible talent and holds workshops where you can get your hands dirty and learn how to play with clay. Sign us up, stat! Sit Still Lauren Ceramics acquaints herself with simplicity, refinery and the art of mastering through her ceramic-making process and what comes out of her sometimes-temperamental kiln is nothing short of magnificent. The colours of nature, made while meditating and a continuous source of experimentation, something good comes when Lauren sits still… masterpieces mindfully made from Mother Earth. Keep an eye on her Instagram for workshop details near you. Oh, and her captions are seriously witty so definitely worth a follow.
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Image credit: Marloe Marloe Ceramics