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Published September 1st 2014
Beautiful ceramics handmade on premises in leafy surrounds
On a small and leafy street corner in Ashgrove is a tiny boutique owned by poet and ceramicist Kylie Johnson of Paper Boat Press. The space is sparsely decorated with beautiful ceramic bowls, garlands and quote tags among the books of poetry, journals and other beautiful handmade pieces. There is a gorgeous tree right out the front door which makes you feel like you are walking into a hidden cave of treasures in the middle of a magical forest rather than suburban Brisbane.
With her workshop studio out the back, each ceramic piece is handmade on premises and sold in the small shopfront along with over 80 stores across Australia. Kylie loves to use her own poetry in her unique pieces and each ceramic item is hand-stamped by her as the maker's mark.
Near Christmas you'll find it hard to get in the door as Kylie releases her new range of ornaments which have been a favourite collectible for years. Her unique range includes birds, wreaths and other Christmas themed shapes with her signature verses stamped into the clay before glazing and firing.
Often Kylie invites other prominent Queensland ceramicists to utilise her gallery space for a special exhibition with big names such as Erin's Window, Bridget Bodenham and Jennifer Orland being previously shown in the space. There is also often champagne flowing for these events as well as for special birthday and Christmas parties which bring the locals and guests out to celebrate.
If you have a special gift to buy or are a ceramics aficionado, this is the perfect spot to drop in and browse, buy and chat to the artist herself.