All posts tagged: ceramic

'The Waiting Room' by Dana Lundmark

Interview: Dana Lundmark | Sculptor

From befriending the daughter of Picasso’s surgeon to studying with a Polish icon restorer in Krakow, sculptor Dana Lundmark has had some fascinating experiences to make most artists and travellers truly envious. I discovered Dana when I purchased one of her ceramic seagulls at a small gallery in Mosman which now resides, eating its chip, in a planter on my balcony! Curious to find out about its maker, I got in touch with Dana and here’s what I found out about her travels and creative life … Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. My name is Dana Lundmark. I live on the Northern beaches in Sydney. I have always been interested in art and can remember being very envious of my brother who was and probably still is a better draftsperson than I was, but I never gave up the pursuit of art. I knew that I would follow that path eventually. I have gone from being passionate about painting to being …

Raw Collection designed by The Fortynine Studio for Jardan

Interview: The Fortynine Studio | Object Designers

While in English we say ‘two minds are better than one’, in Japan they believe three heads are better than one. This Japanese Buddhist proverb could not be more apt than for Sydney-based Fortynine Studio created by three designers not long after graduating from Sydney’s College of Fine Arts (COFA). Coming from different backgrounds and knowledge bases but with an inherent commonality in their love of design, Ben Elbourne, Sarah Spackman and Harriet Watts decided to join forces to share their skills, resources and a working space. And in doing so they have been able to take on a wide variety of work, all based around the creative design of objects using local materials, from ceramic homewares to commissioned sculptures and themed exhibitions. They also offer workshops (teaching others the art of ceramics) and even kiln hire for those who need their work ‘fired up’. Here, Ben lets us into the world of the Fortynine Studio … Tell us about yourselves and your different background and how you’ve ended up where you are today? The Fortynine is an object design studio with …

MIlly Dent Design

Interview: Milly Dent | Ceramic Artist

Milly Dent’s ceramics are the sort of pieces you want to buy just so you can look at them! With their blue marbled swirls they are beautifully dreamy while still being functional and practical. What is amazing, though, is that Milly has not long been out of college and already has a huge following since opening her studio, Milly Dent Design, only last year. I managed to drag Milly away from her work to share a little about her creative life with us. Please tell us about yourself – what’s your background and how have you ended up where you are today? My name is Milly Dent, I am a ceramic designer and maker based in Sydney. I have always been a maker, and moved from Brisbane to Sydney when I finished school to study a design degree. Within the degree I took a mix of classes and tried all elements of design, yet when it  came to clay there was an immediate interest and enthusiasm and everything seemed to fall into place. My practice has since been …

DIY projects

Dinky DIY Projects for the Holidays

Images from top left to right: I can’t not include a Christmas wreath in this month’s DIY projects and I’m particularly loving the simplicity and understatement of this faux brass himmeli wreath courtesy of Heather from The Decor Fix. This is the cutest ceramic bowl and perfect for all those knitters and crocheters out there who need a place for their balls of wool and thread. See more adorable animal ceramics by Spanish makers Barruntando on Etsy. Anything gold-dipped exudes an air of luxury, don’t you think? Find out how to make these log candle holders and gold-dip them on Etsy (courtesy About Home). Everyone loves a handmade gift and these pocket notebooks look fun and simple to do. You could whip up a few for yourself in the process! Find them at You Handmade Me Happy. A game of ping pong or a light of ping pong? You could, of course, do the former first and when you’ve had enough turn the balls into a pendant. A great idea devised by Marie Claire Idees. Find out how to …