potter's journal

  • How are handmade ceramics made? Part three: mould making

    Mould making is a common practice in studio pottery in Australia. Moulds allow ceramicists to create multiples of the same object, create specific parts of objects or to use as an alteration tool. 
  • How are handmade ceramics made? Part Two: hand-building

    Part 2: Hand-building Hand-building refers to a multitude of making techniques which predominately use hands to create. In contrast to throwing on...
  • How are handmade ceramics made? Part One: wheel thrown

    If you have ever found yourself lost in the world of Instagram pottery videos, there is a good chance that they have been someone throwing on the pottery wheel. During this process, the clay seems to effortlessly glide from shape to shape in the potter’s hands as it spins. 
  • in the studio with peter mccarthy

    Peter McCarthy is a Sydney-based potter who makes wheel thrown vessels that are both beautiful and functional. 
  • in the studio with hayden youlley

    Hayden Youlley designs and produces handmade, functional homewares from his studio in Marrickville, Sydney. He has been working full time on Hayden Youlley Design for almost 7 years and continues to design and make his full range. Starting out with a weekly market, his work is now stocked Australia-wide. We stock his classic white paper series which has products ranging from coffee cups to plates, serving bowls to keep cups, ramekins to vases. We recently asked Hayden a few questions to shine some light on his process and design ethos. 
  • why buy handmade?

    Discover unique, handmade Australian ceramics to bring warmth, joy and touch back to your everyday rituals.  When you buy a hand crafted object...
  • in the studio with holly macdonald

    Holly Macdonald recently dropped by elph store to deliver a new collection of work and stayed for a coffee and a chat. Holly makes tactile porcelain vessels, mugs and plates with inlaid details and colourful, gestural drawings. Each piece is lovingly handmade by Holly in her Melbourne studio.
  • the joy of a ceramic cup

    written by Eloise Rankine From left: Little White Dish, Holly Macdonald, Sandy Lockwood, elph ceramics, Angela Butler, Ghost Wares, Keepsake by S...
  • in the studio with eloise rankine (elph ceramics)

    elph ceramics are made by Sydney-based ceramic artist Eloise Rankine. Working from the elph ceramics studio, which is hidden behind elph store, each piece is unique and handmade on the pottery wheel. Fired to stoneware with a thick white satin glaze, elph ceramics are designed for everyday use.
  • about us

    Welcome to our first journal entry. We will use this space to tell you about our makers, give you an insight into how our products are made and to answer your questions. But before we begin, we would like to share our story.