That Queensberry corner known for its sweet cakes has a new neighbour in Guild Of Objects. The shop is a collaborative concept by ceramicists Brooke Thorn, Chela Edmunds and Tao Oudomvilay and houses colourful curios from Melbourne makers.
The three small-batch potters all work from Elm Place Studio. After hosting a series of pop-up shops, they plotted a retail store that would share their work and experimentations as well as that of other native talent. The fit-out then came together in a single day, thanks to the handiwork of Simon Robinson of Sweet Fern in Ballarat.
Fostering conversation and collaboration, the retail store has plans for workshops and exhibitions. “It’s about the community and it’s about supporting the artists that work here,” Thorn says. At the Clay Social evenings you can learn to hand-build a cup (using a technique without a pottery wheel) with Edmunds (also the ceramist behind local label, Takeawei), which will then be fired for you to take home.
Among the thoughtful edit of work in the shop are ceramics from Jessilla Rogers, Tessy King, Jiah Jiah Chen, Barbara McIvor and the three co-creators, as well as jewellery from Seb Brown and Ellinor Mazza, and clothing by Primoeza, Inside Outside and S U N D A Y. Scarves by Edith Rewa and Charlotte Campbell, Smalltown macrame planters, Belinda Evans weavings and Elizabeth Barnett prints also feature, with a selection of easy-care indoor plants rounding out the offerings. “These are people whose work we’ve followed for a long time – we love it, know them and have personal friendships with them,” Edmunds says. “Which makes it easy to talk about the work and the processes behind each piece,” Thorn adds.
“A lot of the pieces in our shop here are one-offs,” she says. The shop is a place to run your fingers over the physical objects, and feel those tactile handmade nuances that make each piece unique.
Guild Of Objects
690 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Thu to Sat 11am–6pm