September Artist Feature: The Plant Edition & Oxart Pottery

WELCOME TO OUR LOCAL, UNIQUE AND EXCLUSIVE ARTIST COLLECTION!

We are so excited to be working with and sharing amazing Victorian based ceramicists with you.

This month’s artist is a collaboration between Marina Kelly from The Plant Edition and Ian from Oxart Pottery. 

Marina and Ian combined their skills to bring you this beautiful collection of hand made and hand painted planters.

In short, Marina paints, Ian makes!

Below is a little interview with each of them so you can get to know them (and their work) a little better. You will also find their social media details so you can keep up to date with them and their future work. 

We hope you love our first batch of artists!

 

3 of the pieces from the available collection on The Jungle Edition.

 

ARTIST: MARINA KELLY from The Plant Edition (paint work)

What lead you into ceramics and painting?

It was always something I wanted to do and try and then one day I decided to see if there was anyone in Bacchus Marsh who offered classes and that is how I found Oxart Pottery. 

How long have you been doing this for?

Not long at all, about a year and a half so I'm pretty fresh. I wanted to have a range available sooner rather than later so I asked Ian to make some for me in the shapes that I like and then I paint and glaze them.

What would you call your style if you had to put it in 2-3 words?

Simple but quirky!

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

Literally whatever comes out on paper in my scribbles that I love, turns into a design.

Is making ceramic pieces something you'd like to do in the future?

I do sell my own little planters on my own that I make and design myself. Hopefully with a few more lessons, I'll be able to start working with different sizes and becoming more confident.

Are there any other projects on the horizon for you?

I always have something going on, at this stage I'm focusing on my business The Plant Edition and creating my own pieces.

Can you tell us a little bit about The Plant Edition and where we can visit your nursery?

The Plant Edition started in 2017. It started with Facebook plant sales and random markets. It got to a point that I needed more space so I decided to renovate a plant studio nursery from home. I'm located in Bacchus Marsh and I'm always stocked up with amazing plants! If you'd like to visit, you can direct message me on either Instagram or Facebook.

You can find Marina on Instagram and Facebook.

 

ARTIST: IAN from Oxart Pottery (ceramics)

What lead you to start working with and making ceramics?

It was an inauspicious start - I picked ceramics in year 10 to have a “bludge” subject! My teacher was a family friend who then took me under her wing - I used to ride my bike (about 10kms) to her house on weekends to use her pottery wheel. From school I went to Bendigo to complete a degree in ceramics. Since then I have been working in the pottery industry – in between other jobs – nursing, teaching etc. etc. 

I have worked for a wide range of potteries and for myself throughout the year.

Are you self taught or did you learn it elsewhere?

I have learnt from some amazing and generous potters throughout my time! My first teacher was Jan Mclean - she allowed me to use all of her studio and materials, she took me to pottery events and gave me a strong love for all things pottery. There are a huge number of other people who have taught me or helped me to learn new skills, or been generous with their time and knowledge. I am continually learning and love to try new things.

What would you call your style if you had to put it in 2-3 words?

My work is generally functional stoneware pottery; however, I will use whatever pottery technique suits the piece I am making. 

Where do you find inspiration?

I really love working with my customers to produce work which addresses their needs. I also love making work which people can use in their homes on a daily basis.

How long have you been making ceramics?

I think it is about 35 years, although I do have a couple of pieces I made in year 7 at school, which would make it about 40 years! I intend to keeping making for a long time yet!

Are there any other projects on the horizon for you?

I am always looking for new ideas and projects. Currently have a website being developed, quite a few new markets, and stay tuned for a number of new collabs!

Ian runs kids and adults classes weekly and group parties (also kids and adults).

A website is coming soon so for now, the best way to contact Ian is through Facebook and Instagram. 

You can find Ian here on Instagram and Facebook.

If you are interested in being featured in our monthly artist collection, please email us at thejungleedition@gmail.com


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