For art you can eat off, drink from, or hang on the walls to admire every day, look no further than the brilliant Brisbane artists below!
241 Station Road, Yeerongpilly (open by appointment and for workshops)
A Brisbane-based creative with a focus on ceramics, Bonnie creates functional works of art which are meticulously hand built and painted with bright colours and intricate line detail – I’m a bit in love with her beautiful cat mugs and Iced Vovo platters, and her debut solo exhibition Better Luck Next Year perfectly captured the chaos of lockdown/pandemic isolation in 2020 with bright, brilliant designs and relatable mantras. Check out her online store, where you can also purchase spaces in her classes and unguided studio time (if you already have experience with ceramics).
11 Byres St, Newstead
A mother-daughter collaboration, Mas & Miek is a ceramics studio, gallery shop, and coffee bar – you can purchase some of their lovely handmade ceramics, paint a pot, or, if you’re feeling creative, make your own in one of their classes. Gift vouchers are also available, and online courses!
Houses for your home! Laura from 2 Little Houses creates custom house illustration with beautiful clean line work. I have a few of her pieces sitting pretty in my own home, and my family has commissioned artwork of my grandmother’s home for her 60th birthday, and of my sister’s favourite café on campus. 2 Little Houses closes for Christmas commissions on Friday, November 20, so get in quick! There’s a super easy order form on her website.
Demi is the operator, maker, and creator of Poème, hand-pouring candles in small batches on the Gold Coast. All scents are locally sourced, cruelty free, and carefully blended and curated using organic products, poured into jars, tumblers, and handcrafted vessels. Poème also offers a recycling option, refilling your original Poème vessel rather than buying a new one each time- lower cost, lower environmental impact, big win! Demi also creates perfume oils, diffusers and room sprays that are completely non-toxic and plant-based.
Neo traditional pottery made in North Brisbane and inspired by the natural environment. Beautiful handmade cups, tea and toast sets, trinket dishes, soap dishes, and jewellery are currently in stock in the online store, or you can purchase a gift voucher for a custom order.
I have a lovely lil’ wombat print from Papadore – it lives on my bookshelf and I still love it as much as when I bought it! Artist Alison is closed for commissions for 2020, but her Etsy store is full of beautiful art prints and greeting cards featuring watercolour and coloured pencil animals in stunning detail.
Bright and vibrant, McKenzie House’s handmade, hand painted canvas bags, clutches, and keyrings are made in Brisbane and inspired by the quintessential Australian family home and garden. McKenzie House canvas bags are available in a range of colour palettes and three sizes, and can be used as plant holders, or for accessories, office stationery, nursery items, or other household items. Each bag is individually hand painted and sewn with care to create a unique piece of art for your home.
Every Paxxy and Flora item is hand moulded and glazed by owner and creator Cas Thompson, inspired by a love of pink, flowers, and a desire to bring beauty and joy to the everyday. Her range includes unique vases for flower lovers, trinket plates for jewellery collectors, pots for plant people and kitchenware for foodies, with the intention of creating art to complement your favourite things.
A one-woman show, Sophie at The Weave Mama makes lovely and unique wall hangings by hand, and you can order a custom weave by contacting her directly.
Brisbane artist Debra Hood has a range of great gift items featuring Queenslander houses in her signature colourful style, including a jigsaw puzzle, prints, fridge magnets, a colouring book, T-shirts and tea towels, and more. You can also purchase reproductions via her website, either stretched and ready to hang, or rolled.