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INTERVIEW | AMBER CRESWELL BELL







I think that everyone is born with at least one dependable tool in their toolbox,” says Amber Creswell Bell. For the Sydney-based writer, it has been her skill with words that has provided the foundation for her career. But in recent years, her toolbox has expanded as Amber has diversified and added the title of curator to her name and, more recently, author. 

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DAILY PRACTICE | JULIE PALMER







Julie Palmer is a designer who creates handmade homewares using textiles, printing and ceramics. She's based on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Read an interview with Julie on Daily Imprint.

Describe a typical working day It tends to be a little different every day. I’m not really sure if there is such a thing as a typical day in my world. But my favourite working days always involve lots of making and...

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DESIGNER MANDY SIMPSON







“After several trips to Japan I fell in love with the uniqueness of handmade ceramics - I have a deep respect for highly-skilled craftsmanship and seeing and touching a beautifully made ceramic object is such a joy,” says Mandy Simpson, the founder of design studio Esko. When the graphic designer was renovating her home last year she felt compelled to design her own products after not being able...

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CERAMICIST IVY WEINGLASS







Ivy Weinglasshas a long creative curriculum vitae. She has and continues to variously call herself an artist, stylist, set and production designer. But two years ago, after receiving the gift of a ceramics class from her parents, she has found her feet making hands (with her hands). Initially she created ceramic wares for fun. “And then I realised that I was as content and happy as I had ever...

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CERAMICIST JOY SMITHERS









Juggling life as a ceramicist alongside careers in modelling, acting and singing is not that common. But then Joy Smithers has not had a regular sort of life. The Sydney-based creative is perhaps most well known for her roles in films and TV series such as Bangkok Hilton, The Flying Doctors and Home and Away, as well as a stint as a co-host on Good Morning Australia. However, alongside these...

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CERAMICIST ROWENA HANNAN






Storytelling is an integral part of Rowena Hannan’s work as a ceramicist and teacher for the past 25 years. “Being brought up as a Catholic my childhood was full of stories about saints, these often gory, bizarre tales have always fascinated me,” she says. “My youngest child studied classics both at school and at uni, and we would spend many an hour discussing Greek mythology. The combination of...

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CERAMICIST NATALIE ROSIN









“Ceramics is an interesting balance between tangible, tactile design and freedom of creation,” Natalie Rosin says. She came to it while studying architecture. Initially Natalie was enrolled in a Bachelor of Architectural Studies at UNSW but it was during this time - and when she went to Cornell Universityin the USA - that she started to take ceramics seriously. “Architecture can at times appear...

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CERAMICIST SANDRA BOWKETT







“From an early age I made, knitted, sewed and embroidered but to me these things were ephemeral and ‘use-less’,” says Sandra Bowkett. However, it was when she was introduced to ceramics towards the end of high school that she felt she had found a medium that provided a balance between creativity, craft and being ‘use-full’. Since then Sandra has won prizes, residencies and exhibited extensively....

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CERAMICIST MARYAM RIAZI





While Maryam Riazi studied fashion design and has worked as a design consultant and stylist, it is her interest in objects that has set her on a new path. Born in Iran, and raised in the city of Shiraz - known for its “poets, philosophers and earthy souls” - she is now based in Los Angeles were she is gaining a following for her ceramics, as well as her jewellery and threadwork. “I have always...

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CERAMICIST JAN HOWLIN









“I’m not sure that you ever know if you’re on the right path with your career,” says Jan Howlin. “I only know that I have endless motivation for pursuing ceramics, and apparently endless patience - when things don’t work out as I’d like, and this is very often, I keep going anyway.” Originally trained in graphic design, Jan also studied interior design. The two fields have merged to some extent...

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