Matthew and Shae at The Pollen Tearoom commissioned me to design and hand-make a bespoke range of tea ware to be available exclusively through their online store and café. This opportunity to work with people who are so passionate about their product and it's role in our daily rituals was not to be missed and I am excited to be a part their venture.
This collection has been created using a blend of two carefully selected Australian clay bodies which have been combined by hand and wheel thrown in simple and elegant continuous curves to produce a surface that gives each piece a natural serendipity and individuality.
Each piece is finished with a clear glaze on the interior, exposing the beautiful swirls and striations of the naked clay on the exterior which has been hand polished to give a smooth and irresistibly tactile surface.
The Apple Shed is the fantastic reincarnation of a 1942 apple shed in the Huon Valley of Tasmania.
It's now the vibrant and welcoming home of Willie Smith’s Cider, with a cellar door experience that draws in locals and tourists alike. Presenting not only their delicious range of organic ciders, they also showcase regional produce and makers in their Café and providore.
I was super excited when they spotted my hand cut bowls and commissioned me to make a set for bar snacks, olives and treats. I love this place!
Keep an eye on their Facebook page to keep up with their ever evolving menu and schedule of fantastic events. The Sunday sessions are a favourite!
Journal of Australian Ceramics
When I heard that the Journal of Australian Ceramics was publishing an issue focused on emerging artists I put forward a proposal for an article based on the crossover between my own practice and that of my husband Jonathan, a photographer.
I have a passion for producing functional pottery because of it’s role as an art form that we interact with daily. It has the potential to enhance our experiences, from everyday rituals such as our morning coffee to a decadent degustation dinner.
Jonathan’s photography allows me to express this potential in my work and helps to grow a culture of respect around this art form that has been lacking.
The pieces shown here were originally created as part of a home wares collection to be sold at the Designed;Made market which is held twice annually on Hobart’s beautiful waterfront.
The more robust forms and tactile finish of the raw clay have proven popular and have had interest from several chefs and interstate customers.
Who doesn’t love frozen yoghurt? Vita have taken it to the next level with their all natural, organic flavoured yoghurts and house-made toppings.
Chloe and Ian’s vision for the presentation of their toppings was of an equally high standard and being involved with this unique project was a real pleasure.
It was a welcome challenge when they commissioned me to make some heavy serving bowls for their refrigerated bench top. The bowls were to be a central focus of the shop, both visually and functionally and the project felt almost like an art installation to me.
Each bowl was hand polished to a highly tactile finish resembling the colour and texture of smooth river stones. Each was finished with a loosely applied fluid white glaze. The bowls are intended as a natural compliment to the clean, Scandinavian-style fit out.
Smolt is an icon of Hobart gastronomy and is also one of my favourite spots to eat, drink and be merry. They approached me to create a collection of pieces including coffee cups, sugar bowls and water pitchers.
The materiality and level of detail given to the interior design of the venue together with the style of service and food presents a strong and cohesive identity which drove the design process and inspired my choice of finishes and forms.
I feel that the handmade ceramics are a great addition to the Smolt experience and I am excited about our future projects together.
Black on Black
This black on black range was one of the first collections I released to the public. A combination of a deep black glaze, that varies from glossy ink to smooth dark chocolate, with a charcoal matt surface is a tactile and visual experience. Subtle forms were all that was needed to show off this surface and it continues to be a popular range.
The earthy brown was a natural extension of this range, utilising the same forms but with the use of a white glaze which, over the charcoal surface, creates a beautiful finish that has depth and variation in colour from cream to chocolate and black coffee.
Cut + Fold
I am a fan of clean lines, smooth curves and no fuss design. Form follows function and underlying this in ceramics is the choice of appropriate techniques to produce the work. If all these elements work in harmony then I consider the project a success.
These simple, elegant platters are a good example. I have now made them in a variety of sizes and finishes and continue to get a great response. I'm currently working on a customised and slightly more robust version for a local restaurant and can’t wait to see them being put to good use! Watch this space.
I love a bit of porcelain. That silky, smooth, icy finish and those softly moving fine edged forms can only be achieved with this glorious material. It’s a pleasure to work with and the results are always exciting.