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SMALLpieces is a gallery and retail space within our Brunswick site for contemporary Australian ceramics.

The work in SMALLpieces is from emerging and established practitioners, of high quality and broad price range. Items include jewellery, vessels and sculptures.

Below are some of the artists who have work in our strore.

Visit our SMALLpieces blog archive.

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Yumi Ando has created delicate and alluring ceramic jewellery and interior accessories from her home studio in Melbourne since 2009. Her lustre work and Japanese pastel colours are and O design's signature.



Sandra Bowkett

I have enjoyed exploring the use of porcelain clays, simple hand forming techniques and the use of earth materials to create elementary decorative motifs. The combination of clay and oxide at the high temperature of the firing is evidence of the magic of the ceramic process.


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Dianne Collins

I derive great pleasure in the collaborative process of designing and creating bespoke ceramics for private, restaurant and corporate collections under the Insightful Ceramics label. My aesthetic was deeply influenced by a years study in Japan working alongside local and Bizen Masters, absorbing the embedded culture and refining the techniques behind Japanese ceramics.


Yvette DeLacy

I am influenced by nature, the stillness in the forest, the leaves and branches in the wind, rocks, water, what is left behind and buried and the concept that 'grass will grow over your cities'1. Anselm Keifer 2010. I mainly use a porcelaineous stoneware and use various techniques such as hand forming, wheel throwing and slump molds, firing in an electric kiln in my Kinglake Ranges Studio.



Ann Ferguson

These works invite people to play with ideas for town planning. Components of the game are a variety of simple houses, trees and buildings constructed from blocks of clay painted with shades of earth. Single houses, small villages and complex cities can be happily constructed anywhere-on window sills, coffee tables or even plant pots.



Kathy Fahey

Ceramics are a major part of my art practice which also includes painting, printmaking and artist books. My ceramics are about the painted surface, the use of colour, movement, line and composition. One of the major motifs in my work is the urban environment, painted imagery of buildings, factories, road signs and streetscapes.


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Bridget Foley

Bridget Foley’s work is hand thrown on a potter’s wheel using porcelaineous clay. She mixes all her own glazes and fires in a gas kiln to 1300. She uses glazes such as chun, tenmoku and copper reds. She enjoys experimenting with glaze combinations to give her work a unique look.

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Kay Goldfinch

Kay hand builds most of her work, choosing porcelain clay for its whiteness, delicacy, translucency and malleability. A variety of stains and oxides are applied to accentuate the detail of each piece. Most of the forms Kay creates are inspired from an interest in nature and the human form.


Minna Graham

My work is an expression of my emotional relationship to my surroundings. I am interested in the relationship between humans and nature and how our surroundings effect us emotionally. My work is sometimes a peaceful interpretation of diverse conditions, at other times the tension I feel is reflected in the teetering forms and stacking of my work. I seek to push the boundaries of balance as nature's extremes push me, and by doing so to tell a story of my struggle between controlling my environment and managing myself within it.



Georgia Harvey

Georgia Harvey handbuilds clay forms destined mainly for low temperature firing techniques. She draws on her experiences working as a museum conservator and revels in collaborations with forces that are never entirely under control, such as fire, chemical reduction and environmental conditions. Much of her ceramic work is an extension in three dimensions of processes explored throughout an earlier painting-based practice.



Debbie Harman

Debbie Harman works as a community/public artist in Melbourne. She works primarily in ceramics but also other media such as painting, textiles, graphics and suburban interventions. Her artwork is often about the human experience and our use of language. Debbie is currently an Artist in Residence at Deer Park Artspaces (Brimbank Council). She is also studying for her Masters of Fine Art- Art in Public Space at RMIT.



Jeannine Hendy

Growing up in a small rural community I learned to appreciate simple everyday experiences, such as a meal of home grown produce and making things with my own hands. My interest in simple experiences inspires me to create unique vessels, which aim elevate these moments by making a connection with the user and the food they are designed to serve.



Gordon Hickmott

Each time I open the kiln there is something unknown and surprising. I may make a thousand bowls, but one or two will be very, very special. I suppose it’s a bit like a great meal: all the ingredients come together, including the people you’ve invited, and you have something unique and singular.



Yen Yen Lo

After a long stint as a graphic designer in the world of magazines, I wanted to go back to creating something that didn't involve a computer, a mouse or an undo button. I was drawn to the tactile nature of clay and what started as a whim has rapidly become an obsession. There is a certain satisfaction in coaxing a shape out of a lump of earth, a quiet pursuit that is both meditative and introspective. I have a great love for illustrated work and that is the approach I have taken with my pottery. I take pleasure in transferring my thoughts from paper onto clay and in the permanence of a fired piece.


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Vanessa Lucas

Pleasure in the utilitarian is an unwavering priority in the design of my slipcast porcelain tableware. I like to provoke an emotional response to familiar objects through the subtle inclusion of references which echo elements of the natural world.


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Sue McFarland

The curvy base series addresses a focus on the area of pots that are usually discreet. The interior base has been made as a surprise for the user as levels recede and something of interest appears.


Yoko Ozawa

Based in Melbourne, Japanese potter Yoko Ozawa has been making pottery since 2003 in Japan and Australia. She discovered pottery whilst working as a graphic designer and studying Japanese painting in university in Tokyo. Yoko creates unique pieces inspired by Japanese slow design, an appreciation for the simple, functional and organic. Pieces take their ideas from nature, a reminder of clay's origins in the earth and of the inherent beauty that surrounds us. Your pottery is lit from within with warmth, echoing the slow design ethos of human connectivity.



Ruby Pilven

Drawing on her printmaking background, Ruby often marries her passion for printmaking and ceramics in her jewellery and ceramics work by creating layers of colour and pattern. Her current series of works use the Japanese technique called Nerikomi, hand-building with coloured clay. This technique explores her long fascination and relationship with Japanese culture and her connection with the contemporary Australian art scene.



Nina Roberts

Nina is interested in finding subtle ways to evoke the Australian bush in her ceramic pieces. Originally a botanist and ecologist, Nina is developing a range of tableware and vases with simple forms, some of which allude to vessels in nature, such as seed pods or lichen spore cups. Surfaces are mostly simple, with neutral glazes and soft accent colours. Sometimes the unglazed clay-body is used to form part of the tactile experience of the piece. In her most recent work Nina has been exploring, through carved lines inlayed with oxides, the ways in which tree trunks and branches frame our view of the sky. Reduced to dark lines that come in and out of focus, the vegetation creates a multitude of apertures of light.


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Sarah Schembri

My work is inspired by the diversity and beauty of the Australian landscape - particularly rock formations with their contrasting textures and colours. Being a lover of cooking and food in general, I am interested in making pieces that are a pleasure to use in the home, pieces which are not only visually appealling but also functional and tactile.


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Ingrid Tufts

Ingrid Tufts is a designer + maker working under the Tufts label. She runs a small studio producing a range of handmade functional ceramic tableware with a simple bright aesthetic. Ingrid also works with the hospitality sector to create bespoke cafe ware and often collaborates with other artists.



Dawn Tang

Dawn Tang is an emerging ceramic artist based in Melbourne, Victoria. Dawn works with porcelain and stoneware on the wheel. She makes visually tactile pieces that are sculptural and aesthetically decorative, drawing from vessel forms. Her work is inspired by a sense of place that has had a strong personal resonance. Pared back, clean forms and a meticulous approach underpin her work.

Her pieces are created with the intention that despite a specific creation point, the viewer is free to engage and interpret the work from their own perspective.



Dawn Vachon

Dawn is a Canada born, Melbourne based potter. She uses the wheel and hand builds with slabs to create pieces for the home and table.


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Chris Wright

You could describe my work as a fusion of 1950's design sensibility, african aesthetics and a sprinkling of cartoon pop culture. I have a love of pattern and colour and love the way that one idea can create the momentum for many others. My main aim is to make work that exudes an inherent sense of life and that continues to provide a sense of pleasure to others once having migrated from my studio to the outside world.



Sophie Xarhakos

Working predominantly with porcelain, Sophie's interest is in creating unusual shapes, patterns and textures. She utilises various techniques - including wheel throwing, hand building, modeling and turning - to achieve her desired forms and, once her mould is completed, she casts with porcelain. Sophie uses a variety of methods to decorate her forms and surfaces and devotes a great deal of time to the finish.Ultimately, her finished forms display symmetry, precision and a fine quality.



Andrew Widdis

All my vessels are hand thrown on the potter's wheel and are thrown as they appear when finished. No turning or trimming is done. This minimises waste and also adds to my interest of pursuing an honest thrown form. You can often see a little clay dag that can take place during the final stage of lifting the base from the wheel-head. To me it's a reminder of how soft and vulnerable it was.

My vessels are made from Australian clays, fired to 1280C in an oxidation atmosphere, and are food safe.



Wingnut & Co

Wingnut & Co. designs and produces ceramic and timber tableware. Asuka Mew and Anna Miller-Yeaman work from their studio and showroom in North Melbourne. Asuka is the ceramicist and primary maker for Wingnut & Co. He was raised in Northern Kyushu, Japan and is influenced by historical ceramic studios in this area. Asuka and Anna travel to Japan annually to visit family and to learn new techniques and processes in working with both timber and clay.