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Is there anything more beautiful than a handmade ceramic pot or planter?

With their textural surfaces and soft, earthen tones, Plant Life Balance predicts that clay-based planters will become a staple homeware item in homes around the country in 2020. The trend reflects a broader growing interest in hand-crafted and locally-made natural products such as soft linens, honey-toned timbers and rough stone.

So what exactly should we be adding to our wish list? According to plantfluencer and Plant Life Balance ambassador Jason Chongue,

Your planters should continue the language of your interior. We are seeing a preference towards long-term investments, so look for planters in neutral shades and simple classic shapes.”

In other words – look for pots and planters that fit your home’s aesthetic, but also try and pick something that you know you will love and replant with over and over for decades to come.

To give you some inspiration, here are a couple of Aussie ceramicists that we’re loving at the moment. Scroll on!

Clay Beehive

Mel Eliades hails from north-east Victoria, working from a small acreage where she resides with her husband and puppers. Her love of all-things nature is reflected in the colours, textures patterns of her pieces.

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How beautiful is clay, it still amazes me that earth dug from the ground can be made into vessels we use in our everyday life either as functional wear or just purely for their aesthetic value. It’s crazy amazing! . Every clay body is so different in terms of colour and texture, this scene there are four different clays, they will look radically different once they go thru their second firing, I kind of wish they stayed as they are now! all have been glazed today and just placed into the kiln I won’t get to see them until Sunday ? . . . #Bisque #pinktones #ceramicprocess #glazefiring #ceramics #stoneware #iloveglazing #ceramic #stonewarepottery #frenchcountrystyle #australianceramics #studiolifestyle #servingware #propstylist #aquietstyle #kitchenwares #ceramicvessels #modernceramics #tablewares #ceramique #functionalware #potteryforall #love_ceramic #ceramicgifts @potteryforall @love_ceramic

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Oh Hey Grace

We’re obsessed with Grace Brown’s striking geometric creations, sometimes reminiscent of Mediterranean architecture and other times of tiny labyrinths. Collect a few and you could start your own mini-city!

Gemma Ruth 

Based in Coonamble, rural NSW, Gemma produces mostly wheel thrown, functional pieces in stoneware and porcelain clays. Gemma’s claim to fame is being invited to make ceramics for Megan and Harry’s use (yes, that Megan and Harry!) during their 2018 tour of Australia – so if you’re after royally-approved pieces, then this is the artist for you!

Katia Carletti

South Australia-based Katia Carletti makes all of her work using a hand built, pinching technique, resulting in super textual pieces that you just want to run your fingers over. Katia draws her inspiration from repetition in nature and folk art – and although we love the planters, we’re pretty enamoured with her tea sets too!

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Sunshine from the garden

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Tara Burke

We’re absolutely obsessed with Tara’s tiny vases – why is everything ten times better in miniature? She not only produces beautiful pieces, but teaches others how to make them, too – keep an eye on her channels if you want to be the first to know about upcoming workshops.

For more on this year’s hottest plant trends, check out the Plant Life Balance 2020 Trend Report.

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