North Melbourne craft collective and ceramics store Guild of Objects has relocated to Fitzroy, after being sold to new owners Janine Hendry and Kristine Alleva earlier this year. The duo has plans to expand the store’s offering into an all-encompassing creative hub.
“Our focus remains on supporting artists, craftspeople and makers,” says Hendry. “The new store will give us the space to showcase the work of more emerging artists, and to fulfill our goal of being a hub for all things handmade.”
Wares selected for the shop are both design-driven and functional, as the pair have a belief that “each piece should be – by its very nature – both beautiful as well as functional, and thus a joyous addition to the home that it resides in.”
Expect to find works for sale by established artists (such as clothing designer Abby Rich, ceramicist Tessy King, and visual artist and jewellery designer Seb Brown), as well as the work of emerging creators. Everything in the store is made in Australia.
The old North Melbourne store offered ceramic workshops, which will continue to run at the new shop alongside a series of new subjects.
“Our plan is to include fabric painting, illustration, block and lino printing and bookbinding, as well as a large number of ceramics workshops,” Hendry says. “We are also installing a kiln in the garden, which means we will be able to fire student work onsite.”