PERFECTION IN PORCELAIN POTTER MAKES CERAMIC BEAUTY
THE process of transforming the rows of white ceramics pieces into colourful pieces of art is one that has never lost its excitement for Samantha Robinson.
Since turning her passion for porcelain into her self-named business in 2000, the potter and designer has gone from a local market favourite to a global name.
Today, her bowls, teacups, jugs and vases are sold in parts of Europe, New Zealand, Singapore and Japan; and have been the design of choice for master chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Kylie Kwong.
“We design our ranges so that everything goes together but each piece is a one-off,” Robinson says.
“All of our stuff has an every day function. It’s bringing a little bit of art into someone’s life.”
Robinson can be found nearly every day at her Alexandria studio, keeping a hand in every part of creating a new collection.
“We’re always experimenting and that’s the enjoyable process of working in a studio,” she says.
“My work changes with what’s happening around me constantly. It has a lot to do with flowers but I look a lot into the fashion world, and textures and fabrics in different cultures.”
She is pleased to see the increasing shift in public appreciation towards handmade ceramics.
“People are willing to spend money on something that’s not generic,” she says.
“There are so many local places now, which is really exciting.”
Robinson encourages people looking to add a little originality to their home to step away from the idea of perfectly matching pieces.
Clockwise from left: Samantha Robinson in her Alexandria studio; a ceramic pig; her newly launched Vintage Botanical Range for the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria; and her popular watermelon bowls.