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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.

SUSAN KURO­SAWA

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