Tuesday, 18 August 2009

ceramist samantha robinson







Tea Petal was a beautiful shop in Bondi that closed down about six months ago and there hasn't been another shop quite like it. The displays were beautiful and I would often drop by to buy a bunch of flowers and admire the handmade ceramics of Samantha Robinson. My favourites would have to be the "watermelon" bowls, pictured above. Sam is now based in Alexandria and regularly has a stall at Paddington and Bondi markets.

Which five words best describe you? Tornado. Positive. Chaotic. Naughty. Loving.
What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? Paper round when I was a little girl. The path I followed was always art first. I was a dancer and then photography, then painting, then finally ceramics.
What's your proudest achievement? My two daughters Fauve and Willow.
Who inspires you? Roger and Dierdre Law. Both amazing creative and interesting people. Roger Law was the creator of Spitting Image and is a great artist and his wife is a talent her own right.
What are you passionate about? Ceramics, food, music and living life to the fullest.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? To believe in what you and don't be afraid do it on your own.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? The grandparents I never got to meet.
What dream do you still want to fulfill? I want to make pots all my life until I am so old and get my PHD in ceramics so I can be a doctor, and also to watch my kids have there own children and get married.

images courtesy of Samantha Robinson

12 comments:

Michelle said...

My mom is a ceramist, so I love seeing other people's passion for ceramics. Samantha's patterns are really great, and I love the unevenness of her edges. It really gives it character.

Chrissy said...

Her work is exquisite... Very colorful and unique!. I love the vases and tea cups!.

Cathy said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. I will definitely be checking it out from time to time. I love the watermelon bowls. It's a shame that little shop does not exist anymore!

Beach Vintage said...

Oh my goodness I love those fish vases.

Natalie Walton said...

Michelle - that's sweet. I agree, the imperfections give the pieces beauty.

Natalie Walton said...

Chrissy - check out the tea pots on the website too!

Natalie Walton said...

Thanks, Cathy! It's a shame Tea Petal has gone but I'm pretty sure Samantha's studio in Alexandria is open to the public.

Natalie Walton said...

Beach Vintage - I think they're actually lights, but I'm sure Sam would make them as vases if you wanted them.

Exquisite Accessories said...

I so love Samantha Robinson's work I have to purchase one of the iluminator ceramics they look gorgeous with candels in. It create's a soft relaxing feel for that evening of relaxation,(which I so need at the moment ) thanks for that little interview.:)

Belen Art said...

I love the originality of her pieces...The watermelon bowl is just a wonderful idea. It is my favorite! ; )

jaana said...

I love those bowls, I really miss doing ceramics. At the moment no time or space for it, but luckily I can do other creative things...

Julie said...

Lovely cups. The pattern is so nice.

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