Creative Workspace:Kim Wallace Ceramics
My grandma and Aunt Amelia may have loved doilies, spreading them over every polished surface in their homes. But doilies fell out of favour somewhere in the early 80s, along with fake flowers and potpourri – long regarded as dag items better left to gather dust at the back of the cupboard.
Now the crocheted whatnots have been given a stylistic resurrection thanks to Sunshine Coast ceramic artist Kim Wallace who discovered a discarded box of doilies at her local St Vinnies op shop.
Kim uses doilies to create the patterned surfaces in her ceramic Vintage Lace Collection. The doilies are pressed into clay, creating the lumps and bumps that make you want to reach out and touch each piece. Use of colour and simple shapes help achieve a contemporary edge.
Luckily the fragile appearance of this collection is deceiving because Kim uses stoneware – a clay so strong that it survives her accidentally knocking over a piece on my visit to her Cooroy studio.
Her latest collection is called Ebb Tide. It reflects her Sunshine Coast lifestyle and is based on black rocks, shells and driftwood collected from the beach. “I wanted to create something more earthy and organic in contrast to the pretty doily pieces,” Kim explains.
The beaches of the Sunshine Coast are a long way from Kim’s birthplace in a small Netherlands town. As a 19 year-old she travelled to Australia after graduating from high school. She was supposed to return to the Netherlands and study at the acclaimed Design Academy Eindhoven, when she met her now husband Greg, who encouraged the former graphic artist to set up her own ceramics studio. “I was always looking for something from Australia to take back home – not necessarily with a koala from the $2 shop, but something handmade and uniquely Australian,” she says.
Kim sells her ceramics through her website and at The Finders Keepers Markets. You can also buy a selection of her works at Rylo Interiors, Nook, Potato Studio, and Golosi Food Emporium.