Thursday 5th November 2015

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Liquorice Moon Studios

Jo Hoban
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As you guys know, we have recently partnered with Etsy Australia to feature a handful of unique Australian Etsy sellers and handmade treasures in the lead up to Christmas!

Today we share the second story in this series, as our Queensland contributor Jo Hoban introduces Eve Simmons of Liquorice Moon Studios, who creates a beautiful range of handcrafted ceramics from her home studio on the Sunshine Coast.

 

Eve Simmons of Liquorice Moon Studios in her home studio, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

Ceramic works by Liquorice Moon Studios. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

The light filled Sunshine Coast studio of Eve Simmons. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

Ceramics and hanging planters by Liquorice Moon Studios. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

The studio of Eve Simmons. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

Eve at work making a hand built vessel in her studio. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

Ceramic works by Etsy seller Eve Simmons of Liquorice Moon Studios. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

Ceramic works by Etsy seller Eve Simmons of Liquorice Moon Studios. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

The studio of Eve Simmons of Liquorice Moon Studios. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

Eve Simmons of Liquorice Moon Studios was always destined to be a maker. As a child, Eve and her family lived above a pottery studio on the northern beaches of Sydney. She remembers playing in the studio with her sister, dipping their hands in the hot wax (used on pots to resist glaze) and making coil pots with their grandmother.

The family later moved to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland to settle somewhere more rural. Eve completed high school and went on to study fashion design. Upon finishing her course, she pursued a photography career, with a bit of face and body painting on the side! She ended up putting down roots in the hinterland area, and starting a family of her own.

A few years ago Eve’s partner, Daniel, surprised her with a pottery wheel for her birthday. Eve has been smitten ever since. Admirably, she has taught herself to throw pots from watching YouTube videos and practising. ‘Working with clay is more difficult than it looks. It teaches me to be centered, present and persistent,’ she says. ‘Pottery incorporates many of the things I love doing – designing, painting, sculpture, and connecting with the earth,’ she says.

Eve started her Etsy shop, Liquorice Moon Studios, a couple of years ago as a platform to sell her eclectic wares. Working from her home studio, she lovingly creates each piece either on the pottery wheel or by using the handbuilding technique. The evolving range has an earthy, boho vibe and includes small dishes, planters and platters that are hand painted, impressed with printing blocks, and finished with a clear or milky white glaze that Eve mixes up herself. Some are then decorated with metallic lustres.

Eve has a small kiln that she fires up to three times a week, but has just recently bought a bigger kiln to keep up with demand. Her creative output is inspired by patterns in fabric, nature, childhood memories, different cultures, and drawings her children make. She describes her process as experimental and intuitive, which ensures she is never short of creative inspiration. ‘I often make mistakes, things don’t always turn out as expected, but this always draws me back and keeps me excited,’ she says.

Start your creative business on Etsy.com.

Eve Simmons in her home studio. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

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Thursday 5th November 2015

People

Liquorice Moon Studios

Jo Hoban
Share View Web Version

As you guys know, we have recently partnered with Etsy Australia to feature a handful of unique Australian Etsy sellers and handmade treasures in the lead up to Christmas!

Today we share the second story in this series, as our Queensland contributor Jo Hoban introduces Eve Simmons of Liquorice Moon Studios, who creates a beautiful range of handcrafted ceramics from her home studio on the Sunshine Coast.

 

Eve Simmons of Liquorice Moon Studios in her home studio, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

Ceramic works by Liquorice Moon Studios. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

The light filled Sunshine Coast studio of Eve Simmons. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

Ceramics and hanging planters by Liquorice Moon Studios. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

The studio of Eve Simmons. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

Eve at work making a hand built vessel in her studio. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

Ceramic works by Etsy seller Eve Simmons of Liquorice Moon Studios. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

Ceramic works by Etsy seller Eve Simmons of Liquorice Moon Studios. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

The studio of Eve Simmons of Liquorice Moon Studios. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

Eve Simmons of Liquorice Moon Studios was always destined to be a maker. As a child, Eve and her family lived above a pottery studio on the northern beaches of Sydney. She remembers playing in the studio with her sister, dipping their hands in the hot wax (used on pots to resist glaze) and making coil pots with their grandmother.

The family later moved to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland to settle somewhere more rural. Eve completed high school and went on to study fashion design. Upon finishing her course, she pursued a photography career, with a bit of face and body painting on the side! She ended up putting down roots in the hinterland area, and starting a family of her own.

A few years ago Eve’s partner, Daniel, surprised her with a pottery wheel for her birthday. Eve has been smitten ever since. Admirably, she has taught herself to throw pots from watching YouTube videos and practising. ‘Working with clay is more difficult than it looks. It teaches me to be centered, present and persistent,’ she says. ‘Pottery incorporates many of the things I love doing – designing, painting, sculpture, and connecting with the earth,’ she says.

Eve started her Etsy shop, Liquorice Moon Studios, a couple of years ago as a platform to sell her eclectic wares. Working from her home studio, she lovingly creates each piece either on the pottery wheel or by using the handbuilding technique. The evolving range has an earthy, boho vibe and includes small dishes, planters and platters that are hand painted, impressed with printing blocks, and finished with a clear or milky white glaze that Eve mixes up herself. Some are then decorated with metallic lustres.

Eve has a small kiln that she fires up to three times a week, but has just recently bought a bigger kiln to keep up with demand. Her creative output is inspired by patterns in fabric, nature, childhood memories, different cultures, and drawings her children make. She describes her process as experimental and intuitive, which ensures she is never short of creative inspiration. ‘I often make mistakes, things don’t always turn out as expected, but this always draws me back and keeps me excited,’ she says.

Start your creative business on Etsy.com.

Eve Simmons in her home studio. Photos – Kara Rosenlund for The Design Files.

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