Mas & Miek Ceramic House
Mieke De Deyne’s passion for ceramics began when her husband, Ferre, bought her a pottery wheel and a couple of classes for her 40th birthday.
Mieke and daughter Charlie continued to buy more equipment and set up a ceramics studio on the Sunshine Coast. They peddled their wares locally under the name Mas & Miek but often ventured into the city for pop-ups. They garnered a loyal following via regular appearances at the GOMA markets.
The De Deynes run ceramics classes that educate people on an individual level, rather than run lessons that followed a set curriculum.
The Mas & Miek Ceramic House occupies a 265-square-metre warehouse. There was work to be done when they took the keys, but the De Deynes love how the large windows allow plenty of natural light into the venue. They’ve decorated the interior with their own ceramics, patterned fabrics and plenty of greenery.
Classes run for three hours, with 20 people per class. There are 12 hand-building seats, eight pottery wheels, two electric kilns, a slab roller, a clay bar (from which you choose what clay to use) and everything else a student might need.
The attached cafe focuses on local suppliers and serves Fonzie Abbott coffee and stocks cold-pressed HRVST juices and BNE Soda Co. Punters are encouraged to enjoy their drinks on the mezzanine level where there’s comfortable seating and a library of ceramics books.