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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.

Pic­tures: JOHN AP­P­LE­YARD

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.

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