When it comes to homewares, there’s a real growing market for handmade ceramics. Right now I’m all about stoneware and earthenware tumblers – there’s something so inviting about wrapping your hands around a warm mug of coffee/tea/hot chocolate. In my search for the *perfect* tumblers I’ve come across quite a few excellent Australian designers. And since sharing is caring and enabling shopping addictions etc., read on for my round up of Aussie makers who are creating some top notch ceramics. If you’ve got any favourite ceramic brands or know of any worth checking out be sure to pop them down in the comments!
Melbourne based ceramics label Takeawei creates fun, functional, hand crafted ceramics for the home. Designer Chela Edmunds mixes organic shapes and textures with bright colours and a sense of humour to create the signature Takeawei aesthetic. Check out more of Takeawei on their website.
Bridget Bodenham lives and works in in country Victoria making ceramic serving ware, tableware, utensils and jewellery as well as planter pots and vases from her converted shipping container studio. Her distinctive stoneware designs are also often offset by playful gold accents. You can see more of her work here.
Susan Simonini is a Queensland-based designer who uses hand building techniques to create her range of earthy ceramics. If you’re in Brisbane you can usually find her selling her wares at the Finders Keepers Markets (hot tip: the next markets are on next weekend), otherwise check out her website and Etsy store for more details.
Connie Lichti is a Melbourne-based artist who has been making pottery for over 15 years. As well as creating her own playful range of ceramics, she most recently collaborated with Gorman for their Home Time homewares range. You can see more of her work on her website as well as shop online via her Etsy store.
Brooke Thorn ceramic tableware is hand made in Melbourne. The eye catching “Serving Suggestions” range, featured here, is designed to be functional and simple with a dash of colour. Visit their website to see more collections as well as to find a stockist near you.
Marloe Morgan Ceramics
Marloe Morgan Ceramics is a design & ceramic studio based on the Gold Coast, Australia. MMC creates functional tablewares and offers retail, bespoke & hospitality lines crafted using only the very best Australian stoneware. MMC will also be at the Finders Keepers Markets in Brisbane next week and you can check out their website for stockists.
Milly Dent was probably one of the first designers that made me sit up and take notice of local ceramic makers. Her works are easily identifiable thanks to her distinctive marbled indigo patterns and geometric shaped vessels. If you’re in Brisbane you can find usually find Milly Dent stocked at Nook in West End and Showroom in the city. Otherwise, check out the Milly Dent website to see more of their designs.
Woo Ceramics are hand thrown and glazed in Sydney by Jemima Woo. The pieces are designed for everyday use and range from coffee beakers to large serving bowls. You can shop Woo Ceramics online and they will also be debuting at the Summer Finders Keepers Markets in Sydney.
If you’ve popped into King Arthur Cafe in Brisbane you might have, like me, ended up drooling over some of their ceramic tableware. After some Instagram sleuthing I found out that they’re made by Commons. They don’t seem to have much of an online presence but you can keep up with them on Instagram
to check for stockists and to make enquiries.
I’ve come across many more ceramicists while putting together this post but these are the ones that have caught my eye in particular. And, to be perfectly honest, if I were to include them all we’d be here all day! There are no doubt plenty more wonderful designers working their magic in Australia so if you know of any that deserve a shout out feel free to do so in the comments.
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