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CREATING WITH CLAY Raw and natural is the backbone of the work handcrafted by ceramists Kim Wallace where she uses colours and patterns inspired by the Sunshine coast creating a stunning collection - Ebb Tide S T Y L I N G A N D P H O T O G R A P H Y: K A R I N A S H A R P E

Tell us a bit about your ceramics studio? I run a small ceramics studio specialising in a range of functional and decorative ceramics, entirely made by hand using Australian clays and materials. I am a mum of two young children who keep me very busy, so to help out in the studio I am lucky enough to have three amazing women working with me two mornings a week, to help with glazing, packing and other studio tasks. I sell my work in my own online store at www.kwceramics.com.au. My work is also stocked in a selection of beautiful retail stores around the country and my most recent Ebb Tide collection can also be found in a few Australian restaurants – very exciting!

Tell us about yourself and your background? I was born and raised in the Netherlands and came to Australia travelling, fresh out of high school. Before long I had fallen in love with an Australian boy and have called Australia home ever since! I studied graphic design in Brisbane and after

eight years in the industry decided it was time for a change. I took up ceramics and never looked back. When our little baby girl was born we were looking to move and decided the Sunshine Coast was where we wanted to raise our family. Now with a baby boy added to our family we love everything about living on the coast. Working from my studio overlooking the rainforest with views of the ocean and Noosa in the background is certainly far more idyllic than staring at the brick wall in our Brisbane townhouse garage! What sparked you to create your studio? After eight years as a senior graphic designer I was feeling a little uninspired and wanted to move away from the computer screen, creating something more tangible. I dabbled in lots of art mediums like painting, lino-cutting and screenprinting before coming back to an old love – clay. For my very first collection I stumbled across a box full of vintage lace doilies, and used them to create a pattern in the clay before colouring

and shaping the pieces. The collection proved popular and things started to slowly snowball from there. It’s a lot of hard work with many ups and downs – but this crazy passion I have for clay keeps me going! What processes are involved in creating your pieces? Most of my work is hand-built, which involves rolling slabs of clay and shaping the pieces from the cut slabs using moulds or handshaping techniques. For other pieces I use a technique called slip casting, which uses liquid clay poured into plaster moulds. All pieces are carefully sponged by hand for a beautiful finish. Colours and glazes are also brushed on by hand, several coats on each piece to achieve the best results. For some pieces I use an additional technique called sgraffito – carving through the applied colours to reveal the colour of the clay underneath and creating patterns reflecting the nature surrounding us. continued on next page >

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