We’ve all gone through that IKEA stage—cheap, plain white plates that match everything, and that we can replace easily without anyone noticing when we come home at 3am and decide we can TOTALLY do that magician plate-spinning thing.
But now we’re grown-ups, it’s time to invest in something a bit more special—ceramics that are lovingly crafted by hand in our local area by true artisans.
Whether it’s a full dining set, or a single handmade vase or platter, we promise these Sunshine Coast ceramicists can offer something special. Just no spinning them.
Married To The Sea
Married To The Sea's organic, free-form shapes are designed in Sunshine Beach, and the nearby ocean is an inspiration for many of the pieces. The stoneware and porcelain has a raw, earthy feel—even the coloured glazes and metallic copper trim look natural. Tiny jewellery dishes start at $15, so you can always find something in your price range, and they’re dishwasher safe too, so you’ll actually use them!
Kim Wallace Ceramics
Kim’s background in design is really apparent in the creativity of her work. We’re big fans of the Vintage Lace collection—where antique doilies are pressed into the clay to produce pieces with stunning, intricate textures. Kim’s plates can be found in top restaurants in Noosa and across Australia, and her collections are always changing and expanding. If you have trouble keeping the real thing alive, check out the quirky ceramic cactus “plants” in handmade pots. Based in the Noosa Hinterland, the studio is open by appointment on Monday, Thursday and Friday 10am–2pm. You can find Kim’s work at Chloe & Grace, Noosa; Fugu, Tewantin; and Coastal Artisans, Peregian Beach.
Elke Lucas Ceramics
Elke Lucas wasn’t born into pottery—she didn’t even discover it by accident. She married into it, uncovering and honing her skill with clay over many years in the North Devon countryside. Her work incorporates the Noosa landscape where she works—often literally. Elke collects flowers, leaves and ferns to press silhouettes into dishes and plates, then hand-colours them to reflect the seasons. This simple, natural stoneware is contrasted by plates and platters that are highlighted with metallic edges and flecks of real gold. But despite their high-maintenance look, all the pieces in Elke’s collections are designed to be used and will survive regular use. You can find Elke’s work at Coastal Artisans, Peregian Beach; Lamington Noosa, Noosa Heads; Maleny Art Direct, Maleny.
Angus McDiarmid of Pan Pottery doesn’t mess about when it comes to sourcing his materials. He actually digs his own clay around Noosa, and processes the raw clay by hand, producing his own glazes and materials. This means that all the finished products are unique, with characteristics from each firing differing slightly. Angus’s speciality is fermentation crockpots—perfect for making kimchi or sauerkraut. The clay pots provide the ideal environment for fermentation and are used all around the world in different cultures.
Renton Bishopric Ceramics
Growing up in a family of potters, it was somewhat inevitable that Renton Bishopric would make a living from ceramics. He has turned his craft into artistic exhibitions and a range of reusable handmade ‘Planet Cups’ for coffee lovers who want to cut down on waste. If you think you’d like to turn your hand to some pottery, Renton and his partner Clare Botfield run workshops from their studio in Coolum. You can find Renton’s work at Cinnabar Soul, Eumundi.
Mel Lumb Ceramics
If you’re after unique, individual pieces, check out Mel Lumb’s designs. She creates items for function as well as just for fabulousness, and ensures that every piece is earthy and reflects the surroundings of the Sunshine Coast. From quirky little condiment dishes to dinner plates and vases, everything has its own personality and character. Mel’s work is available online.
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Image credit: Kim Wallace Ceramics