Blackwood potter revels in hand-made crafts trade

BLACKWOOD potter Lisa Perri wants people to rediscover the joy of hand-made objects after an introduction to ceramics workshop inspired a new career path for the creative mother of four.

Ms Perri will bring a selection of her hand-made mixing bowls, serving bowls, platters and candleholders to the Design Exchange Market, when it brings emerging designers and contemporary artists together at the Mining Exchange on Sunday.

After a ceramics course at the Daylesford Community Centre in 2011, Ms Perri was encouraged to enrol in a diploma at the University of Ballarat to continue to develop her craft. She describes her work as functional and driven by emotional connection.

“Most of my mixing bowls I make come back to my memories of being with my nana and the sound of the wooden spoon on the ceramic bowl,” she said.

“Sometimes you forget how lovely it is to use something hand-made.

“We don’t use anything else now at home except what I make.”

More than 60 designers will sell their wares at the market, with everything from children’s clothes and jewellery to ceramics and home wares.

Musicians including Paige Duggan, Mark With the Sea, Jamie Pye and Anna Bilbrough will also perform.

rachel.afflick@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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