Monday, 21 September 2015

MARLOE MORGAN CERAMICS

Functional tableware designed to enrich the dining experience

Tell us a bit about Marloe Morgan Ceramics?
Marloe Morgan Ceramics is a Design and Ceramic studio based on the Southern Gold Coast, Australia. Combining hand made processes and a respect for form and function, MMC creates functional tablewares designed to enrich the dining and entertaining experience. Offering both retail, bespoke and hospitality lines crafted using the very best high fired Australian stoneware.

What sparked you to create your business?
I had been playing a little with clay for a few months of an evening and I really just feel in love with the medium. The creative possibilities of clay are endless and I found myself so inspired to change the way I was living.
I left my fulltime job to work in a café so I had more free time to be in the studio. I guess the business was a by-product of the creative process and a means to support my clay habit.

What processes are involved in creating your pieces?
The process varies from piece to piece depending on what I am creating and whom it may be for. Some days I throw on the potter’s wheel and others I hand build. I also slip cast using plaster moulds of pieces I originally throw on the wheel. Most of my work that is intended for commercial use is slip cast to ensure consistency.
I love being able to work with my hands in different ways from day to day… It keeps me on my toes.



What inspires you in your designs?
At the forefront of my creative process is definitely form and function. I only seem to create functional pieces mostly for the table. I love food and the dining experience so I am definitely inspired to create works that are a joy to experience food from. Weather that is a playful spotty bowl to enjoy breakfast from or a moody matte black serving board you might take on a romantic picnic. I like to think I am enhancing experiences people are sharing with loved ones while using our pieces.

What do you love the most about having your own label?
I absolutely love working for myself! I love freedom of producing work when I am feeling inspired and I enjoy the challenges of problem solving. Every day is different and you never know what the next day will bring.
I feel so grateful for the opportunity to create bespoke work for so many different clients. I love pushing to develop and create works that are stronger and more user friendly than those pieces that have come before.

Who are some of your favourite designers?
I love so many different designers and makers!
Alexandra of NILASDOTTER, Clair Catillaz of CLAMLAB and Alana Wilson are all amazing ceramicists and create work I am so taken by.




What is your favourite item in your store right now and why?
My favourite piece if I had to pick would be my ‘wide bowl’ from the PRESSED collection. It is hand built in speckled clay with a big orange ring hand painted in the middle. It is fun and functional and makes me smile.

What has been your biggest highlight?
Having the opportunity to create work for cafes and restaurants would have to be my greatest highlight. It really is where my passion lies. I hope to work with chefs to create dinnerware specific to seasonal menus.

What are your plans for the future?
I am currently working on a Café Series for use in the commercial space. I am hoping to launch that in some amazing colour ways over the next two months. Then I will focus on expanding the range into plates, bowls and serving ware for restaurants. I hope to continue to work one on one with clients to create wares that people will hopefully love using as much as I love making them.


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