SYDNEY potter Brooke Clunie of The Red Door Studio, now settled at Fernleigh in the Byron Bay hinterland on the NSW north coast, has a fab new hand-crafted range of Toasted Earth tableware featuring clay and timber and designed in collaboration with wood turner Les Roberts. Clunie says she has always wanted to combine wood and ceramic in a “practical way” and her meeting with Roberts has been fortuitous. The wood turner, in his seventies, lost his left arm in a speedboat accident 30 years ago but has continued to hone his craft; for the Toasted Earth collection he has made bespoke camphor laurel saucers to complement Clunie’s textured sandy clay cups and mugs. “We both work in crafts that require solitude,” says Clunie “We explore the potential of a natural product, using our hands.” The Toasted Earth range has been snapped up by restaurants and caterers in the region, including Harvest Cafe and Delicatessen in Newrybar and EatDrink Catering at Byron Bay. Wholesale and retail orders are available; Clunie also takes commissions for personalised pieces across her ranges, including colourful ceramics painted with individual quotes. More: brookeclunie.com.au.