Hi Everyone – this week we talk to the very talented Carla of Carla Dinnage Ceramics.
I studied fine art ceramics at R.M.I.T university straight after school. After traveling the world for 1 year I came home and got a job in marketing. After marrying and having 4 kids I decided to take up ceramics again.
From my travels I had some inspiration to make some ceramic crosses. I would drive an hour from home to get them fired 3 times a week. Friends and family were loving them and started buying them from me. I saved up and brought my first kiln and set up a studio in my garage.
I had a lot of issue in the beginning with pieces cracking and finally realised they were too thick so I just rolled them out thinner and let them dry longer. My experience was in hand building coiled pots, so the drying time was a lot quicker.
I think after being a stay at home mum with 4 kids I had stored up a lot of my creative energy and when I started to get back into it I exploded with ideas. Once I set up my Instagram account stores started to contact me directly and I now stock over 30 worldwide.
When I have some spare time I love to create ‘one off’ tea cups. They are each individually hand built with gold luster handles. I’m hoping to ad them to my range soon, but they are so detailed and very time consuming.
I’m still developing and evolving, so I’d like to do some larger pieces. My portfolio at university were all large hand built pieces. So I would love to get back to that eventually, and maybe one day have an exhibition.