22.01.2019

Salad Days


Photography Saskia Wilson; Styling Alicia Scibberas

 

Before we get started here, can we take a moment to appreciate the name Salad Days for a ceramic brand? Best name! It gives me such happy, nostalgic vibes.

Lucy Coote’s story in ceramics started 6 years ago. She’d studied fashion and business, and then got a ‘real job’ in an office, but found herself needing a creative outlet, so signed up for a pottery night class. She fell in love with it, joined a potter’s association, and after a couple of years spending most of her spare time in the studio, she started selling pieces to friends and family… then to a few stockists… and then through her own online store. By this time, she was working in film production, but nights and weekends weren’t enough to keep up with demand. She had to choose: grow her career in the film industry, or make ceramics full-time? When she asked herself which she couldn’t live without, it ended up being an easy decision.

She left her job and committed to Salad Days, but soon after discovered she was pregnant (with twin girls! – Margaux and Daisy who are now 19 months old). To say Lucy’s not really had oodles of time to focus on her ceramics would be an understatement. The juggle is real. But – thankfully for those of us who want to buy ALL her things – Lucy and husband Mark have just moved home to Wellington. Here at home, they have the family support to allow Lucy to work more flexibly, and they can actually achieve their dream of buying a home – something with a studio, or potential for one. While they house-hunt, Lucy’s working from fellow pottery pal Wundaire’s studio.

(Why do I tell you all this stuff? Because The New’s not just about aesthetically beautiful things. Yeah, yeah, it mainly is, but not just. It’s also about the real people behind these aesthetically beautiful things. And it’s also about pursuing your creative passions, and what it takes to do that.)

Salad Days pieces are timelessly simple and refined. Lucy designs beautiful silhouettes and her own glazes for a contemporary yet classic look, but as she’s creating, she’s thinking about function just as much as form. She imagines what you’ll use your bowl/mug/jug for… what would be the best size and shape for that… what shaped handle would make it feel best. She’s making something to be loved for a lifetime, for all your Salad Days. I’ll take one of everything please.

Salad Days Website

Salad Days Instagram (ceramics and cute bebs!)

 

23.08.2018

Gidon Bing at Good Form


Styling by Sara Black

 

Last year, our friends Mr Bigglesworthy – purveyors of the very best in authentic Mid-Century pieces  – launched a sister brand, Good Form. (Um, how great is that name though? Jealous I didn’t think of it tbh.)

Through Good Form, Emma and Dan are extending their curation to the contemporary, including furniture and lighting from some of the most iconic international brands – and now – collector’s pieces from closer to home, as they’ve just added NZ designer Gidon Bing to their portfolio of design visionaries. You all know Gidon Bing, right? A sculptor and ceramicist, Gidon developed his craft working with classically-trained master artisans in NZ, Europe, Israel and Asia, and while he works from a modest boatshed studio in Auckland, his work is respected globally – it’s been featured in Selfridges of London, Milan’s Salone del Mobile and other high-profile galleries.

To celebrate the arrival of the Gidon Bing collection at Good Form, Dan and Emma asked NZ stylist Sara Black to work her magic on a series of Still Life images.

Gidon also worked with Dan and Emma on the interior architecture of the Good Form space – pictured here.

18.07.2018

Big Joy


The Wandering

Effervescent Buzz

The Lightness

Breathe In, Breathe Out (at top) and Sweet & Wild
Styling by Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors; Photography by Armelle Habib

 

I want all of these limited edition works (originals and prints) by New Zealand artist Jen Sievers. She’s produced a collection especially for Greenhouse Interiors, super-aptly named Big Joy.

You can purchase from the Big Joy collection here, shop from Jen’s website, or check out more of Jen’s original and prints at endemicworld.

Jen Sievers website   /   Instagram

01.05.2018

At Home & Work With: Stacey Weaver of Just South West


31 year old Stacey Weaver is a fine art photographer based in Christchurch. A couple of years ago, she founded Just South West – selling botanic art photography art prints. She’s now developing the brand into the gift market  – botanic fabrics are on the way, and Stacey also has a growing stationery line that includes new notebooks and custom wedding favours.

We visited Stacey at home (also the place she operates Just South West from) and asked her a few questions…

What projects are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on the fabric I have had printed with three of my photographic prints. Plans are to develop this into pouches in two or three sizes but who knows where else it will take me!

In what ways do you give yourself work/life balance?
Meditation and getting fresh air is important to me to keep focused the creative energy flowing… and I always say ‘yes’ to my friends and family.

One of Stacey’s most popular prints, White Magnolia

What was a highlight of your past week:
Talking with Auckland’s Graphic Glass about our up and coming collaboration – so, if you have a splash back, shower wall, feature wall that needs filling…

Advice you would give to someone wanting to be their own boss in the design/creative industries:
Self motivation – you gotta have it!! Make friends with constructive criticism and keep believing in why you do what you do.

White Roses print

Pink magnolias – my fave

Peony

Packaging beautiful Wisteria prints, alongside samples of Stacey’s new custom fabric

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you work-wise/creatively over the past year?
Probably buying my house, with my own little Just South West cave. I didn’t have a specific set-up prior and it is so valuable to have a designated studio space.

What’s coming next for you (career-wise/creatively)? There are a few things up my sleeve at the moment and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds in the coming year, in particular seeing JSW in situ on custom glass installations with Graphic Glass.

Bouquet I in Stacey’s home office

All images of Stacey by Kelly Shakespeare Photography

Finally, we’d love to know what you’ve been getting into lately:

Listening To:
Julia & Angus Stone – Snow

Reading:
I have just bought a copy of Big Magic to read

Visiting:
Melbourne in May – my second home

Eating/Drinking:
Not Caramilk now that my stash has gone!

New Just South West botanic notebooks

Just South West Online Store   /   Instagram

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