Robert Gordon are Australia’s largest production pottery company, and have been creating much loved ceramics for over 75 years. Perhaps best known for their hand-huggable mugs and other tableware, the family run business has now branched into bathroom basins.
Kate Gordon, creative director, explains that her brother Bobby, an architect and potter, was the brains behind the project. She describes, ‘he saw a gap in the market for bespoke, hand made architecture fixtures, at a reasonable price.’
The collection is made in Robert Gordon’s Pakenham factory, and each piece is glazed by hand. This craftsmanship is evident in the final outcome, where no two pieces are the same. Kate highlights ‘we adhere to a philosophy based on commitment to craft, and respect for the time-honoured skills and techniques of our ceramic specialists.’
The process from concept to resolved piece took the family ‘nearly two years of trialing, developing, making and modelling to get off the ground.’ While the process is similar to that used to create the beloved tableware, the scale required some inventive and resourceful approaches. Kate explains ‘we had to implement cranes to pick up the moulds because the are huge!’
Now that they have moved beyond the table and into the kitchen and bathroom, Robert Gordon have got their eyes on the rest of the house! Stay tuned for future developments as Kate and her family experiment with light fittings, wall hooks, wall mounted basins and tiles. She explains, ‘with our use of glazes and colours, we are very excited about the potential!’