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Our brand new studio and flagship store opens in Noosaville

We are so very proud to open our first permanent brick-and-mortar store and a new studio in Noosaville on the Sunshine Coast.

The last 7 years have seen Kim Wallace Ceramics evolve from a small hobby and passion project to a now thriving production pottery studio with orders for our handmade wares being sent all over Australia and across the world.

Previously, whilst working out of Kim’s home in the nearby hills of Tinbeerwah, the team behind KW Ceramics scrambled over drying work, and each other, to greet customers looking to see their dinnerware in person. Today, that has changed, with our expansion into a 240sqm warehouse and shopfront in the Noosaville Industrial Estate.

Our new studio space is now home to 2 kilns (7 times larger than the ones Kim originally started out with), rows and rows of workbenches and our full-time team of 4. The attached, long-awaited bricks and mortar store is a response to our customers’ requests to see our products up close. Nothing quite compares to being able to see something in ‘real-life’ and hold & touch one of our ceramic pieces in person. We’re so excited to connect with our customers in person!

Our aim is for the shop to be an extension of the studio, and for our customers to be touched on all levels and senses upon entering. From the scent of our camphor laurel shelving (locally made by the Cooroora Woodworkers Club in Cooroy) and warm lighting to the potted plants and cozy kids corner (with toys to keep little ones entertained), we want it to feel calming and easy while shopping.

Stepping through the doorway behind the shop counter, customers can catch a glimpse of our team inside the studio; rolling slabs, pouring slip and glazing our ceramic pieces.

We’re lucky to be surrounded by so many creatives in this area. Bespoke furniture and design shops, coffee roasters, organic markets, local breweries and fashion outlets are nestled in amongst all of the industrial buildings and there is a real sense of craftsmanship here. We’re hoping it can be a community-building space.

Visit our brand new shop and studio at 2/10 Leo Alley Rd, Noosaville on the Sunshine Coast. We are open weekdays from 10am until 2pm or by appointment. We’d love to see you there!

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In The Works – behind the scenes in the KW Studio

 

If you follow us on Instagram, you’re probably well aware that here in the KW Studio, there is always a new project, idea or product in the works.

 

Sometimes our ideas may not evolve past the experimental point (we’ve had our fair share of glaze fails), and other times we may be so busy pumping out orders that it can take a while to release a new product, but there is always something in the pipeline.

Personally, I love seeing how others create. I can’t get enough of behind the scenes features, studio/home tours and ‘what’s in my bag’ videos – and they’re so popular I know a lot of you must love them too! Discovering the story behind how other people do things helps us to connect, and we want to invite you in for a sneak peak into the studio for the same experience.

So.. without further ado, welcome to ‘In The Works’ a new, recurring feature where we will be sharing the processes behind our product developments, custom projects and studio upgrades. We invite you to ask away if you have any questions at all, or if there is something you would love to see from us – let us know in the comments!

For our first feature, we will be sharing how our new ‘Sushi Sets’ came to fruition.

At the end of last year, we added another member to our team. Cate had spent the two years previous living in Japan, and wanted to bring some of the everyday rituals she loved in Japanese culture home to Australia. In collaboration with Kim, Cate put together a Sushi and Tea set to help instill art and calm into her everyday life.

Sketching out her ideas was the first step in putting together the sets. As most of the items weren’t from any of our previous collections, we then had to begin sampling from scratch. This involved trialling the new shapes a few times and choosing what glazes suited best. The chopstick rests took a little longer to perfect, as we realised the base of our original design wasn’t exactly flat, and would rock from side to side – a no-go for such a calming scene!

After a while of going back and forth with design changes, we finally settled on two different colour combinations – in-yō (yin-yang) – black and white. Each set includes a tray/plate, soy pourer, soy dish, chopstick rest, tea bowl and vase, and will come packaged in a beautiful gift box.

 

 

We’re almost ready to list them on our online store, so keep your eyes open on our Instagram for a release date! We also have plans extend the range to offer rice bowls, ramen bowls and more, so keep an eye out for when we begin to trial these new shapes.

 

Do you have a favourite Japanese dish or ritual?

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Custom Project // Seeds by Bruno Loubet at Brisbane Airport

We absolutely loved working on this dream project for Seeds by Michelin-star chef Bruno Loubet ~ the first new F&B retailer to sign on as part of Brisbane Airport’s $40 million redevelopment of its Domestic Terminal, which is set to open for trade late 2018.

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Specially curated ceramic sets – Weekly Mix Up savings

I've been so impressed with customers mixing & matching their purchases from our online store that I am introducing our brand new Weekly Mix-Up! This feature will have all sorts of random Mix 'n Match sets popping up each week, ranging from dinner sets to decorative items and everything in between.

Curated Ceramic Sets At A Discounted Price - Plus Subscribers Get 10% Extra Discount!

These sets are offered at a special price, and the best part is that newsletter subscribers can save an ADDITIONAL 10% OFF the already reduced price! If you aren't already subscribed to our newsletter then pop your details in below and keep an eye on your inbox each week for the latest Weekly Mix Up special.

Enjoy!

xx Kim & the team at KW Ceramics

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