Want to support small local businesses this Christmas? There’s no better one-stop-shop than The Olive Tree Market. This month we’re meeting two makers whose wares are perfect for filling
your Christmas stockings.
Lyndel Henry of Henry & Tunks creates special ceramic pieces designed to be used every day. Using high-quality Australian porcelain and experimenting with glazes, styles and colour combinations, Lyndel crafts products ranging from coffee cups and tableware to soap dishes and plant pots.
How long have you been creating ceramic products? About 30 years.
How did you come to start your business? After I completed a Bachelor of Industrial Design, I spent the next ten years working at UoN. I loved my job but really missed designing and making. After a few years of thinking and dreaming, I decided to revisit my love of ceramics and to start up my studio, and this was when Henry & Tunks was born (2017).
What inspires your work? The concept of emotional durability and encouraging conscious consumption is something I strive for – for someone to still value my work 10, 20 or 30 years after they purchased it.
What will people find at your Olive Tree stall? Lots of beautiful items, from the ever-popular ‘small one’, my teeny-tiny pot which is the perfect trinket holder, through to travel cups and a range of planters in plain glazes or spots.
Lauren of Lauren Merrick Illustration will be attending the December 7th market as a special artist. A freelance illustrator from the Blue Mountains, Lauren works with watercolour, gouache, papercut, collage and ink to create art prints, greeting cards and custom illustrations.
How long have you been creating art? I've been working as a freelance illustrator since 2012, so seven years! That's when it became my job, but I have always drawn and painted since I was a kid.
How did you come to start your business? I studied a Certificate IV of Design and then an Advanced Diploma of Design and Illustration at TAFE. After I graduated, I launched into my freelance work and started my online shop and selling at markets (The Olive Tree was my first market!).
What inspires your work? Nature inspires me constantly, and as humans, our relationship to nature.
What will people find at your Olive Tree stall? Art prints, cards and my new 2020 calendar!
The final Olive Tree Markets for 2019 will be held at Newcastle’s Civic Park between 9am–3pm on Saturday 7th December and Saturday 21st December.