Meet The Brand: Klei on Beach with Mark Cullis

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Launching our new brand profile series, Meet the Brand, this is your chance to learn a little more about the makers of the beautiful product you find at Life Instyle.

Tell us about your work and how you got into it?

I have always been a maker of things starting with printmaking and glass. I enrolled in a Ceramic Design Degree at Monash University in Melbourne, intending to further my understanding and skill as a glass artist. Instead I fell in love with clay, it's versatility as a medium, the variations of colour, shape, texture and finish that can be achieved and the myriad of ways it can be manipulated and formed.

Where do you find inspiration?

Inspiration can come from almost anywhere, from a single drop of water dripping from a tap, hand hewn timber, river pebbles, sea creatures or even glass insulators on power poles. Pottery of the past can also be a great inspiration, the glazes and textures of early Japanese pottery or the minimalist shapes of mid-century Scandinavian pottery have influenced much of my work.

Where are you based, and what activities do you like to do in the area?

Our studio is in the seaside suburb of Mordialloc, Victoria, which means that the beach, the rock pools and sea life tend to be the focus of our activities.

Share one of your proudest moments you've experienced in the business.

One of my proudest moments was seeing my work on Master Chef on TV!

A typical day starts with...?

It starts with opening the kilns.

And it ends with...?

Loading and firing the kilns

Describe your creative process.

The creative process starts with inspiration, seeing something that gets the mind racing, then lots of sketching, hand throwing and/or modelling the sketches, decorating and glazing the final product.

What's your favourite piece from this collection and why?

My favourite piece from this collection is our Scoop Bowl. The elegant and streamlined shape works beautifully as a centre piece bowl while still being a functional piece.

Life Instyle are proud to present Klei on Beach and their handmade, sustainable and beautiful ceramic homewares. Visit them to source a unique and proudly Australian Made collection for your retail business.

KLEI ON BEACH

more info | call: 0413 170 775  | mail: sales@kleionbeach.com.au

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