Veronika Maine pushes the boundaries between art and fashion, and this Mother’s Day we’ve collaborated with Sydney-based ceramicist Milly Dent, who creates handmade pieces that challenge the conventional expectations of tableware. We sat down with Milly in her studio to find out what drives her creative process and the inspirational women in her life that have helped push her forward, and what she’s up to next.
As soon as I started working with ceramics I immediately fell in love with working with clay. I was keen to explore what I could do with the material, and also liked the idea that I had complete control over the design/prototype phase, to the making, production and finishing of the work.
How does your creative process work?
My creative process works over a number of steps and phases. Initial concept development and prototyping leads to mould making. From there, liquid porcelain is poured into the moulds, and removed the following day. This piece is then burnished and fired in its first firing. Then it’s sanded, glazed and fired again. I use a marbling technique and cobalt in the porcelain to get the finish.What type of environment do you like to work in, and how do your works come to life?
I work in a shared studio space surrounded by a mix of other creatives; it’s great for collaborating and bouncing ideas back and forth.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
My design inspiration comes from the natural world around me. I also look to mundane and ordinary everyday objects, and the ways I can make them more interesting and exciting. Textures, patterns and colours in my immediate surroundings inspire the direction my work takes, especially those from the ocean!
Who are the women that have inspired, or continue to inspire you, in your life and work?
So many inspirational women in my life! My mother, my grandmothers, and the talented woman who work in my studio – Bronte Wright, Claire Johnson, Tara Burke and Missy Gilbert – the list goes on and on!
You create pieces that are functional and unique, how do you like to see them used?
I just like seeing them being used! They are equally as utilitarian as they are sculptural and they should be used to make daily dining rituals that little bit more exciting. What’s your favourite place to see art?
GOMA, Brisbane or Palais de Tokyo in Paris!
What’s next for you?
I’m looking to develop new work and focus on collaboration pieces with other artists that inspire me.
Love Milly’s work? Now you can have your own! Win the ultimate Mother’s Day gift set, including the above Milly Dent ceramic collection and a $500 Veronika Maine gift card. Simply spend $200* or more as a Privilege member for your chance to win.
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