Craft

Karen Morton Ceramics

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 2nd August 2012

Handmade ceramics by Karen Morton – photograph by Armelle Habib, styling – Julia Green

Handmade ceramic vessels and bangles by Karen Morton – photograph by Armelle Habib, styling – Julia Green

Karen Morton is a local ceramicist with an impressive pedigree. After originally undertaking a Master of Fine Art in Dublin, she went on to travel the world, settling in New Zealand  for five years, where she worked mostly on large scale paintings – and a four-storey mural in the Manawatu Gallery!  Now based in Melbourne, Karen still exhibits her artwork, but has also spent the past few years developing functional ceramic vessels and accessories for the retail market.

Alongside her own brand ‘Kaz’, Karen was very chuffed recently to be invited to create a range exclusively for respected Melbourne retailer Husk.  ‘The range I have just designed exclusively for Husk was very exciting, it’s one of my favourite stores and I am delighted to be represented there’ says Karen.  ‘The process of designing the range was very organic, it all began when my wholesale agent, Julia Green, approached them with one small tile with a hessian imprint on it – From there it evolved into a dish, a bowl a spoon and a chopping board…and who knows where to next!’.

When not in the studio developing ceramic ranges or making orders for clients, Karen works part-time in the Art Department at a school in Mt Eliza – ‘I love this balance, as working in a studio full-time you can feel very isolated, for me it’s important to feel connected with the outside world – I’m a very social person!’ she says!

Melbourne retailers can catch Karen’s work this week at Life Instyle, where she’s exhibiting alongside a small group of other excellent independent designers / makers at the Greenhouse Interiors stand.

Ceramics by Karen Morton for Husk – photograph by Armelle Habib, styling – Julia Green

Ceramics and serving boards by Karen Morton for Husk – photograph by Armelle Habib, styling – Julia Green

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 2nd August 2012

18 comments

  • Jane 2 years ago

    I really really like these. Thanks, will track them down.

  • Simone 2 years ago

    Gorgeous, warm pieces. I love Karen’s colour pallet. Just beautiful!

  • rachael 2 years ago

    i love the bowls! i like that she doesn’t just make one thing.

  • Laura 2 years ago

    Soooo lovely!

  • Jade 2 years ago

    Absolutely stunning. I think I may need to make some purchases. :o)

  • Brianne 2 years ago

    Love these! Are they available for purchase in the US?

  • Lakshmi 2 years ago

    A big fan of ceramics an stoneware. Loved the ones in solid colors though I reckon the white/black ones must be difficult to make.

  • Felix 2 years ago

    We LOVE Kaz too!

  • Ellen 2 years ago

    love, love, lovvvvvvvve these , original , beautiful and talented work :)

  • Daniel and Iola 2 years ago

    Beautiful pieces – we can see clearly the Celtic influences in Kaz’s work………

  • Emma 2 years ago

    Beautiful facet bowls and gorgeous colours. So difficult to make and continually replicate- this really shows skill, dedication and talent. Lovely fresh designs. Great stuff Kaz!

  • Gillian 2 years ago

    So nice to see the humble bangle & everyday objects recreated in to usable pieces of art.

  • littlelandofpia 2 years ago

    Kaz, I love your geometric bowls, flat resin bracelets and stunning use of colour. Your a sensation and deserve every sale that comes your way! Clearly you are a very clever lady!

  • cathy 2 years ago

    The bowls with the hessian design is so innovated, I haven’t seen anything like it. I love the primitive look with the black on white simplicity

  • Annu 2 years ago

    Lovely geometric bowls! I just found this blog, need to start following so I’ll know all the good stuff in Australia. Will be moving there from Finland in about five months and I know Scandinavian design, but Aussie design is quite new to me. After all I have a whole home to decorate there due to not taking pretty much anything with me. :)

  • Genevieve 2 years ago

    Where can I purchase these online?

  • Kim shepherd 1 year ago

    I absolutely adore your work!!! Your jewellery is stunning, the colours, the shapes the designs. You are such a talent. I enjoyed reading about your professional journey in the current issue of Home Beautiful. Well done.

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