This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Harnessing Natural Splendour Through Clay

Made of Ballarat

Kim Haughie is enraptured by the distinctive seasons and natural splendour of her home, just north of Ballarat.

While the potter’s poetic words have a way of transporting you (as you’ll soon agree), we recently had the opportunity to visit Kim’s charming home studio, to admire distinctive earthy ceramics – handcrafted pieces that ‘bring the outside world in’.

26th November, 2018

A studio visit with potter Kim Haughie. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Kim on the wheel in her home studio in Springmount, just north of Ballarat. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Kim’s ceramics are inspired by the natural beauty and distinctive seasonality of her area. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

‘My home studio is a beautiful intimate space to create in,’ says the potter. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

She also gains lots of ideas from annual pilgrimages to South Korea and Japan. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

‘I keep playing on these vase themes, it ties in with my love of flowers and foliage but I also make beautiful platters and bowls,’ tells the potter. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Her ranges spans, dishes, platters, cups and several vases. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Kim works on a piece insired by dal hangari (Korean moon vases). Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

She has a penchant for natural, organic nature of raw clay blends, mixes these and even digging for some herself! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Studio details. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

The potter also creates her own glazes, which she feels ties her diverse clays together into a cohesive collection. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Kim is passionate about translating her affection for her regional surrounds into her work. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Kim sells her wares directly, at local markets and will be participating at the Castlemaine Artist Market on Saturday, December 2nd and the Clunes Makers Market on Sunday, December 9th. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Kim’s most popular piece is her three-part ikebana set, with interchangeable elements. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Collections of gum leaves, feathers, rocks, seasonal blooms and even shells from beach trips adorn her workspace. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Next year she also hopes to build a new wood-fire kiln! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Elle Murrell
Monday 26th November 2018

‘My work is loved by locals, and slowly gaining some solid momentum. I feel incredibly privileged to be able to do what I love to do.’ – Kim Haughie.

For a young Kim Haugie, her sandpit was the ‘magical place of ephemeral creation’ that started it all. The potter admits that playing under a big old apple tree in the sand isn’t really that far removed from her days now spent making pots! ‘I am always happiest in the act of making,’ she tells. ‘The inquiry of an idea into form is so very immediate with clay; it is a very direct, sensory dialogue.’

That said, things have changed a little. ‘My home studio is a beautiful intimate space to create in, with its large eastern window frontage looking out to the adjoining bushland,’ describes Kim, who studied a Diploma of Ceramics at Ballarat’s Federation University. Collections of gum leaves, feathers, rocks, seasonal blooms and even shells from beach trips adorn the space, which is located in Springmount, just 20 minutes north of Ballarat. ‘I have complete access to so many environments here: forests, big open landscapes of the area and magnificent skies, through which huge flocks of black cockatoos often fly – I always stop my work and rush out to see them,’ says Kim, who is passionate about embodying this affection for her regional surrounds into her work.

Other inspirations come from further afield, including frequent visits to South Korea, as well as Japan where Kim has been inspired by tea ceremony traditions. Her most recent pottery spans platters, bowls, cups and an abundance of vases for displaying seasonal flower arrangements, including Japanese ikebana, as well as forms inspired by the simplicity of the dal hangari (Korean moon vases). ‘I think there is a little bit of lunar energy in all my pots! I am really playing on the moon theme,’ she tells.

Kim’s creations are linked by their ‘earthy flavour’, championing the natural, organic nature of raw clay blends, from the coarse and stoney to those flecked with river rock and quarts – Kim mixes all of these and even digs for some herself! Glazes, too, are concocted by the potter. ‘I don’t think I have ever done two firings the same either… The making of ceramics is definitely a dark art!’ she jokes.

Pieces find their individual flare through Kim’s etching technique, whereby oxides are rubbed into the marks. ‘It’s messy and time intensive, but I love the result,’ she says. This sentiment is echoed by the many locals that purchase her pieces, and contemporaries that are drawn to her practice. The key to it all, according to Kim? ‘Touch the void, charter the unknown, and lead with your instinct!’

Stay up to date with Kim Haughie’s practice, inquire about sales or find out where she will be showing her wares next visit her website or Instagram @kimhaughie.

To find out more about the creative movement unfolding in Ballarat and to experience the craftsmanship for yourself, make sure to visit madeofballarat.com.au.

This Week

Indigenous Art

Two Strong Sisters Connected In A Powerful New Exhibition

Aunty Eileen Harris + Aunty Rochelle Patten celebrate a shared sisterhood at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum.

The Good Room

A Stylist's Good Room In South Yarra's Most Coveted Apartment Building!

Heather Nette King shows us around 'THE room' in her apartment in Melbourne's Beverly Hills apartment complex.
Lisa Marie Corso

Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Roasted Tomato Summer Soup With Mozzarella

Celebrating the best of easy summer eating with this sweet roasted tomato soup, creamy mozzarella and a drizzle of basil oil.
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Family

Emmylou Maccarthy Takes Motherhood’s Invisible Labour And Makes It Visible - And Paid

Emmylou has built a thriving media career from the ground up with three small children in tow. Here’s how.
Ashe Davenport

Homes

A Well-Balanced Home In Hawthorn

In nutritionist and meditation teacher Briony Goldsmith's balanced home, all the energies align!
Lucy Feagins

Architecture

A Low-Tech, Handmade House Clad In Shingles

This owner-built home for a family of six brings together texture and memory in Northcote.
Sasha Gattermayr

News

A Multimedia Group Art Show To Adore!

Local female artists unite to explore the theme of ‘adoration’.
Sasha Gattermayr
  1 hour ago

Art

Baden Croft's Landscape Paintings Quiver With Human Energy

The young Mornington Peninsula artist capturing the Australian ecosystem in exquisite detail, stillness and gore.
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A Multigenerational, Modern Farmhouse

Two houses are better than one, in this beach house for two families by Tom Robertson Architects.

Art

A Public Art Event Puts Australia’s Female Artists In The Limelight

National Gallery of Australia overtakes 1,500 billboards across the country to display the works of female Australian artists. It's time to
Sasha Gattermayr
  6 hours ago

Gardens

A Native Garden Made With Recycled Renovation Debris

This Sydney garden by Fig Landscapes maximises drought tolerant plant life, and inventive upcycling!
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A Compact And Curvy Family Home In Glebe

Arched windows and internal voids converge in this mind-bending spatial marvel in suburban Sydney by Chenchow Little Architects.
Sasha Gattermayr

News

Reading Landscape Through Soundscape With SEASONS in Blak Box

An immersive sound installation that explores the Indigenous practice of  ‘deep listening’ in Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria...
Sponsored

News

Lightly Homewares Pops Up At The Old Clare Hotel

Melbourne-based homewares brand, Lightly, makes a Sydney cameo.

Architecture

A Secluded Writer’s Hut Masquerading As Part Of The Garden

A creative writer is living the Walden dream in this secluded backyard shed in Melbourne's east!
Sasha Gattermayr

View Comments

Similar Stories

Dream Job

Julie McLaren · Curator, Art Gallery Of Ballarat

Is the highly-coveted role of 'art curator' really all it's cracked up to be? Julie McLaren has the answers.
Elle Murrell

Regional

Marilyne Nicholls, Weaver

Introducing one of Victoria's most respected Indigenous weavers, in partnership with The Regional Centre for Culture.

Made of Ballarat

Meet The Leather Crafter Keeping Traditional Techniques Alive

In Made Of Ballarat spirit, we speak to Jess Cameron-Wootten about moving his workshop from the big smoke to the historic city in regional V...

This Week

Architecture

A Compact And Curvy Family Home In Glebe

Arched windows and internal voids converge in this mind-bending spatial marvel in suburban Sydney by Chenchow Little Architects.
Sasha Gattermayr

Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Roasted Tomato Summer Soup With Mozzarella

Celebrating the best of easy summer eating with this sweet roasted tomato soup, creamy mozzarella and a drizzle of basil oil.
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

News

Reading Landscape Through Soundscape With SEASONS in Blak Box

An immersive sound installation that explores the Indigenous practice of  ‘deep listening’ in Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria...
Sponsored

News

Lightly Homewares Pops Up At The Old Clare Hotel

Melbourne-based homewares brand, Lightly, makes a Sydney cameo.

The Good Room

A Stylist's Good Room In South Yarra's Most Coveted Apartment Building!

Heather Nette King shows us around 'THE room' in her apartment in Melbourne's Beverly Hills apartment complex.
Lisa Marie Corso

Gardens

A Native Garden Made With Recycled Renovation Debris

This Sydney garden by Fig Landscapes maximises drought tolerant plant life, and inventive upcycling!
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A Low-Tech, Handmade House Clad In Shingles

This owner-built home for a family of six brings together texture and memory in Northcote.
Sasha Gattermayr

Art

Baden Croft's Landscape Paintings Quiver With Human Energy

The young Mornington Peninsula artist capturing the Australian ecosystem in exquisite detail, stillness and gore.
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

A Well-Balanced Home In Hawthorn

In nutritionist and meditation teacher Briony Goldsmith's balanced home, all the energies align!
Lucy Feagins

Family

Emmylou Maccarthy Takes Motherhood’s Invisible Labour And Makes It Visible - And Paid

Emmylou has built a thriving media career from the ground up with three small children in tow. Here’s how.
Ashe Davenport

Indigenous Art

Two Strong Sisters Connected In A Powerful New Exhibition

Aunty Eileen Harris + Aunty Rochelle Patten celebrate a shared sisterhood at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum.

Architecture

A Multigenerational, Modern Farmhouse

Two houses are better than one, in this beach house for two families by Tom Robertson Architects.

Architecture

A Secluded Writer’s Hut Masquerading As Part Of The Garden

A creative writer is living the Walden dream in this secluded backyard shed in Melbourne's east!
Sasha Gattermayr

Art

A Public Art Event Puts Australia’s Female Artists In The Limelight

National Gallery of Australia overtakes 1,500 billboards across the country to display the works of female Australian artists. It's time to
Sasha Gattermayr
  6 hours ago

News

A Multimedia Group Art Show To Adore!

Local female artists unite to explore the theme of ‘adoration’.
Sasha Gattermayr
  1 hour ago

Similar Stories

Dream Job

Julie McLaren · Curator, Art Gallery Of Ballarat

Is the highly-coveted role of 'art curator' really all it's cracked up to be? Julie McLaren has the answers.
Elle Murrell

Regional

Marilyne Nicholls, Weaver

Introducing one of Victoria's most respected Indigenous weavers, in partnership with The Regional Centre for Culture.

Made of Ballarat

Meet The Leather Crafter Keeping Traditional Techniques Alive

In Made Of Ballarat spirit, we speak to Jess Cameron-Wootten about moving his workshop from the big smoke to the historic city in regional V...