Introducing Rachael from Servant Ceramics!
Suitcase Rummager regular and Brisbane based potter, who’s love of useful, functional and beautiful vessels earn her a spot in our good books.
We caught up with the lovely lass to talk about all things porcelain, making, sharing, and her creative process. Read the full interview below!
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?
I’m Rachel. I work with clay and love making beautiful, functional and useful vessels.
Why do you do what you do?
As a child, my parents were passionate about community and loved including people around our dinner table. The simple act of eating together was a powerful sign of inclusion, love and care. I make vessels that can be used to enrich and enhance the daily eating experience. I uphold that when you eat from a hand-crafted plate or sip from a wheel thrown cup, you aren’t alone but you are in the company of the Maker.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why?
I really adore: Smith and Others – Matty and Jo craft some absolutely beautiful furniture and are a genuinely lovely couple
Meekz Contempoary Jewellery – I have a pair of Jemica’s recycled studs which are always in high rotation use – I love them!
Myelectic and The Attic – Anita and Michelle are fantastic Suitcase Rummage stallholder buddies! Since neighbouring them at a SR last year, whenever I hear that they’ve signed up, I’ll sign up – spending a market with them is always an excellent day!!
Reborn Handmade – Renae’s purses and earrings are such high quality work! I have bought a stash of her products and love neighbouring her at SRs.
What excites you?
Passionate people. Individuals who are eager to explore and make mistakes and see what can happen.
I am certain that life is worth living and am thoroughly inspired when I see people following the Life!
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own?
I love natural fabrics and am a sucker for bunting. So my rummage stall generally incorporates these two elements. I also like having a process display – ceramics is such a tactile process that having a series of photos really helps people to understanding the steps it takes to wheel throw/hand-build a vessel.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall?
The weather is a huge factor for any Suitcase Rummage! A glorious sunny day is what dreams are marketeer’s dreams are made of but… if it’s a bit breezy, then your stock, even your suitcase can move about. Make sure your setup can withstand a sudden gust of wind. And always have plenty of change. A lot of people will withdraw $50 from the closest ATM so depending on your price points, make sure you have enough notes to absorb a lot of higher notes!
What is the next step for you?
I have quite a few new products sketched up in my diary – I just need the time to make them! I can’t wait to release some new drinking vessels, cake stands and some new glaze colours! I’m also currently working with a new cafe owner to develop a range of vessels just for him. Its a very exciting project – a real dream coming true!!
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city?
I love taking CityCat rides on summer evenings.
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage?
The chilled, relaxed vibe – I love how easy going these markets are. I have made many wonderful new friends through Suitcase Rummage!
Where we can we find and follow you?