For ceramic artist Khoa Edgecombe, discovering her passion didn’t come easy. After pursuing medical science, pharmacy work and a legal career, it was motherhood that put things into perspective. “After having children I needed to rediscover what my driving passion was,” Edgecombe says. “I grow bonsai plants and could never find a pot that suited, so I thought I could look into making my own.”
Four years of pottery classes later, she returned to university where she is now in her third year of visual arts. “I’ve just discovered a whole new world,” Edgecombe says. “The course has opened my eyes to new possibilities I never would have considered.”
Edgecombe will sell her functional wares at Bowerbird Design Market for the first time next month. Visitors will find her range of bowls, mugs, teapots, beer steins and planters to “use, love and enjoy”.
The biannual market supports Australian artists by promoting small collections and handmade crafts and connecting buyers with makers. “It’s a way to give back to people who have bought things off you, or follow you online, or comment on your work,” Edgecombe says. “It also boosts your confidence and your belief in your own work to give you a bit of drive and motivation to keep going.”
Clay by Khoa will join a roster of more than 150 designers including South Australian stallholders Claire Ishino, Satin&Tat, Laurence Coffrant and Dana Kinter.
Bowerbird Design Market is on May 5, 4pm–9pm and May 6–7, 10am–5pm at Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground. Entry is $5 (children under 12 enter for free).