Once a small hobby and passion project for ceramicist, Kim Wallace, run out of her home in the nearby hills of Tinbeerwah, KW Ceramics has grown to become a thriving production pottery studio offering beautiful, bespoke small-batch ceramic wares.
KW Ceramics‘ first permanent brick-and-mortar store and a new studio in Noosaville on the Sunshine Coast is now home to two kilns (seven times larger than the ones Kim originally started out with), rows and rows of workbenches and the full-time team of four makers and creators.
The move is in direct response to their customers’ requests to see their products up close. “No matter the amount of effort you put in, translating the feeling of a piece through a screen just doesn’t measure up to being able to see something in ‘real-life’,” says Kim. “We want 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.”
It’s also very much a working studio space, so customers will be able to catch a glimpse of the team inside the studio; rolling slabs, pouring slip and glazing their ceramic pieces, all made in-house, by hand, with Australian clays and non-toxic glazes.
The Kim Wallace Ceramics flagship store is open weekdays from 10 am–2 pm at 2/10 Leo Alley Road, Noosaville.