Artisan wares and why they're so special.
Artisan wares are one of the most special things you can buy for yourself or as a generous gift for someone special.
It wasn't until my late 20s that I started to really appreciate quality wares and now I'm in my early 30s, I absolutely cherish my artisan pieces.
What's the fuss?
Handmade ceramics are a labour of love with each unique piece taking up much of the artist's time to produce. Because each piece is made individually, yours will be unlike any other and is made using high quality materials that are made to last.
Being made in small batches also makes these unique pieces quite hard to come by - we order months in advance just to get our hands on a select few for you to choose from.
Choosing your unique piece is such an exciting, almost ceremonial experience. The colour, texture and shape of each piece will vary slightly and finding 'the one' is all part of the experience.
You can also look up your ceramic artist and see more about their studio and about their personal process.
Here's a little bit about some of the brands we stock
Leaf and Thread pots are all hand made by Laura Veleff in her East Brunswick studio in Melbourne, where she throws, trims, glazes and fires her work. Leaf and Thread is mindful of its role as a product maker and as such makes environmentally conscious choices about materials, where they come from and how they are made. Stoneware and terracotta clay is dug straight from the South Australian ground, involving minimal production processes. Practices are in place to minimise transportation, and all clay waste is recycled and re-used in the studio.
Adele Macer is a self taught, Melbourne ceramicist making functional tableware, pots, vases and planters for everyday use. Adele has completed a Masters of Visual Art and is currently teaching pottery, art and design. Her handmade, stoneware ceramics balance simple form with complex glaze design.
Lauren Williams is the maker behind Miss Willow Designs where all of her pieces are created in her small Perth studio aka her happy place. Lauren's handmade process inspires people to think about their everyday moments as opportunities to slow down and connect. Whether that is to connect with the moment itself, connect with themselves and their thoughts or connect with each other and to share the joy in those special occasions.
Peta Armstrong makes high fired stoneware ceramics in her studio located in the Surf Coast Shire of Victoria, Australia. The greatest influence on her work has been to entirely lean into the process after an extended break from working with clay. During this time away from the studio she worked in the screen printing industry as a graphic artist and designer. The hiatus allowed her to approach the work from a new vantage leaving her equally enamoured with making both functional and sculptural objects. The intention of her practice is to create pieces that are well considered, constructed, and cherished in the home.