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10 Emerging Ceramicists To Add To Your Pottery Collection

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Ceramics are one of our favourite homewares to shop. From sculptures and intricate vases to candlestick holders or functional dishes, these carefully crafted pieces can help make a house a feel like a home.

To help you add to your collection, here are some of our favourite emerging ceramicists worth keeping your eye on for your next purchase!

14th July, 2022

Candelabra No. 413 by At The Table. Photo – Annika Kafcaloudis

Insense holder by At The Table. Photo – Annika Kafcaloudis

Candelabra No. 413 by At The Table. Photo – Annika Kafcaloudis

Christina Karras
Thursday 14th July 2022

At The Table

Kathleen Campone of At The Table has been making ceramics for a little over two years. ‘What started as a small creative outlet in 2020 has now turned into a fully fleshed business!’ they say.

But they’ve already made a name for themself with their first collection of tablewares, featuring hand-built designs that become plaster moulds with the help of Too Friendly Ceramics. On the top of our wishlist is the checked pattern pieces, which Kathleen patiently hand paints onto egg cups, and other tableware, one check at a time!

Price point
Prices range from $50-$400, with the average price being around $150.

Where to buy it
Shop Kathleen’s pieces through their website.

Bianca Pintan‘s line up of vibrant vessels! Photo – Hayley Nedland

A close-up of the intricate pieces. Photo – Hayley Nedland

Every mark is done patiently by hand! Photo – Hayley Nedland

Limited edition Olive Moon vases. Photo – Hayley Nedland

Bianca Pintan

If you’re looking for something that can bring a pop of colour to your home, Bianca Pintan‘s bright and modern creations have you covered! The stunning and shapely pieces feature etched details and impressive pigments that she creates from her Byron Bay-based studio.

‘Sometimes I make one-of-a-kind colours too, I enjoy just letting my intuition guide me and most of the time it works well – not always!’ Bianca says, finding inspiration in the colours of plants, animal life and the natural world around her.

Price point
Prices range from $540-$2400, with most pieces around $700-$1900.

Where to buy it
Shop Bianca’s work through her website or via Instagram direct message for specific requests.

Ben Mazey

When Ben Mazey moved back to Australia after living in Paris for years, he found himself in an apartment with ‘no furniture’ and a lot of time on his hands amid the pandemic.

‘I decided to pretend I was on a residency and went to Dean’s Art and got a load of supplies and just started making things,’ Ben says. ‘At some point I got my hands on some clay and that kind of took over.’ Now his ceramic practice sees him reference romantic and simple inspirations, like chic wall-mounted candle sconces reminiscent of ones in a friend’s Parisian dining room or contemporary takes on traditional lamps. We love!

Where to buy it
Shop or commission a work with Ben through his representation, C Gallery.

Ritual Candelabra by Hermon Blue. Photo – Jess Brohier

Neptune Sticks by Hermon Blue. Photo – Jess Brohier

Hermon Blue 

Former carpenter Clare Hermon discovered her love of ceramics after she had her daughter almost three years ago. Being pregnant limited the physically intensive work she could do at the time but found herself drawn to the simple nature of clay. All the Hermon Blue pieces are made at Clare’s peaceful Eltham home studio, drawing on natural shapes and 20th century artists for her sculptural ceramic creations!

‘What I love most about working with clay is how easily you can form or carve any shape, and I love how the only tools you really need are your hands,’ Clare explains.

Price point
The current collection is priced between $280-$480, but Clare also has a range of lighting and smaller homewares next month.

Where to buy it
Shop Hermon Blue through the website, or at stockists Makers Mrkt, Zander & Co, The Cool Hunter and Two Pairs.

Loop Containers and Solace Containers by Claire Ellis. Photo – Annika Kafcaloudis

Loop Container by Claire Ellis. Photo – Annika Kafcaloudis

Claire Ellis

Melbourne-based ceramist Claire Ellis honed her skills while she was a junior sous-chef at internationally acclaimed restaurant, Attica. She developed her closed-loop clay system to create her unique stoneware containers – with stunning lids made from eggshells, glass bottles and plastic clay bags!

‘My style has developed through working around the limitations of the waste materials I use while trying to highlight their unique qualities,’ Clare says. Next on her agenda is incorporating these sink sludge clay bodies into new tableware and recycled plastic containers.

Price point
Prices range from $80-$580.

Where to buy it
Shop her works through her website, or contact her for commissions.

A sneak peek of some of Ignem Terrae’s upcoming pieces! Photo – Emily Hamann

The ancient-inspired range will be available later this month. Photo – Emily Hamann

Ignem Terrae

Emily Hamann’s sculptural ceramics studio, Ignem Terrae, is uniquely influenced by her previous career in fashion. After working as a designer for almost a decade, she transitioned her skills for creating three-dimensional forms with fabric into the world of clay.

‘Through the technique of cutting and draping thin slabs of clay the sculptures appear to float weightlessly, a reference to my love of draping fabric on a mannequin,’ Emily explains.

Her upcoming collection of functional vessels will be out later this month, playing with ‘classical ceramic forms from an ancient era’ – so watch this space!

Price point
Pricing starts from $280.

Where to buy it
Shop the new range on her website from late July, but her Sculptural Art is available through Curatorial & Co., Modern Times, Shop The Cool Hunter, and JamFactory.

Vessels by Elizabeth Lewis. Photo – Lexi Laphor

Cosmos and Lupine Lolly Snake vases by  Elizabeth Lewis. Photo – Elizabeth Lewis.

Elizabeth Lewis

Sydney-based ceramicist Elizabeth Lewis makes beautiful pastel pieces characterised by organic textures. ‘My work is very emotionally driven and self-referential, and a lot of my inspiration comes from colour combinations I come across in fashion, flowers, and exhibitions and want to explore, or a shape I’ve used before in decoration could become the silhouette of a future piece.

Touches of gold and hand-built details enhance the tactile quality of her ceramics, making them the perfect vessel for your favourite flower or as a stand-alone artwork!

Price point
Pricing ranges from $350- $600.

Where to buy it
Shop her recent work through Modern Times, Turrin Tindal, and Wind Flower Store.

A pedestal bowl by Meg Lumley. Photo – Courtesy of Nice Clay by Meg

Meg at work on a new bowl! Photo – Courtesy of Nice Clay by Meg

Nice Clay by Meg

Each one of Meg Lumley’s pieces is thoughtfully designed and hand sculpted from her Brisbane studio. Driven by her wholesome philosophy to ‘make for joy’, she creates thoughtful, playful and practical pottery when she’s not busy with her day job in the furniture industry.

Her emerging practice also brings together her prior qualifications in interior design and fine art.

‘I often found myself wanting to be the person creating the products rather than specifying them,’ Meg says. ‘As a result, functional ceramics [turned out to be] the perfect balance between the two areas I had spent the last ten years working within!’

Price point
Prices range from $50-$250 each.

Where to buy it
Shop Clare’s monthly releases through her website.

The Wicker collection by Steph Woods. Photo – Terrileigh Hughes

Steph Woods

Brisbane-based ceramicist Steph Woods describes her work as ‘curvaceous, textural and outrageous’. Her delectable, hand-built vessels offer vivid matte glazes, which she often mixes herself – with her average piece taking about 12 hours to create!

‘Due to the repetitive textural patterns featured in my forms, my work is often mistaken for clothing, woven fabric or even decadent food,’ Steph explains. ‘My style has developed into a balance of maximal minimalism where outrageous texture and vibrant colours are used in a considered way to exaggerate and obscure my ceramic vessels.’

Where to buy it
Shop Steph’s current collections at pépite and SSENSE. She’s also working on a collection for Jardan Furniture that will launch in September.

Surreal Side Table by Jess Sellinger. Photo – Courtesy of Jess Sellinger

Wave Bowl With Gold Lustre by Jess Sellinger. Photo – Courtesy of Jess Sellinger

Jess Sellinger

Jess Sellinger started dabbling in pottery as a hobby about three years ago. Since then, she’s developed an intricate style of her own, creating beautiful and fluid folds of clay often seen in her variety of trays, bowls, vases and sculptures.

‘It took quite a while to ‘nail’ the folds in my pieces,’ she says. ‘I had to understand that the thickness and dryness of the clay determines how delicate each fold will turn out and that took a lot of experimentation. It’s a very fiddly process, however I love the fact that no two pieces ever turn out the same.’

Price point
Prices range from roughly $150-$650.

Where to buy it
Shop Jess’s creations on her website, or contact her to commission a piece by emailing jesssellingerceramics@outlook.com, or via Instagram direct message.

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