I am a mum of two and Primary School teacher whose aim is to never be home during the midday movie. I believe that I am only ever a car trip away from an adventure.
Published November 6th 2013
Like stepping behind the glass of nana's special buffet
Located off the beaten track Robert Gordon Pottery was an accidental find, the kind that the shopaholic in me will always fondly recall and thank my GPS for sending me left instead of right. It's the sort of place that had me checking into Facebook straight away to let all my friends know that I had just stumbled across a gorgeous place that I simply must come back to with each and every one of them repeatedly, and no, they cannot possibly go without me.
Lots of lovely shopping awaits you inside.
My expectations were quite low however as we pulled up at the front as the outside gives very little away. I was just hoping that this was the same Robert Gordon that brought us pastille coloured flying swallows and beautiful liberty print teacups. I feared however that maybe I was about to come face to face with broken spouts, chipped handles and lost lids. Imagine my inner hurray when I walked into a massive space set out with all the colours, designs and patterns that have made Robert Gordon a highly sought after label and has earned his beautiful goods a spot in magazines such as Donna Hay and Gourmet Traveler.
Greeted by pretty glassware in an old cupboard, pink sun umbrellas hanging from the ceiling, party goods in all the colours of your favourite lollies, cake stands, dinner sets, Christmas decorations, old fashioned toys, grass rabbits, apothecary jars and even kitchen aides. It's like walking behind the glass of Nana's buffet where all the prettiest things used to hide from the dust, and then mixing those pieces with some rustic styles and a lot of quirky, shabby chic and vintage inspired items in between.
I spotted all my favourites and so many, many more. It didn't take long for my mind to compile a mental shopping list a mile long as I secretly ticked off Christmas gift after Christmas gift and more importantly prioritized my own Christmas requests as well.
Christmas gifts and decorations to liven up the festive season
Prices vary depending on the style and the popularity of the item. There is however a wall at the back with all the seconds and the slightly imperfect. I managed to compile a dinner set for six for under $100. Lucky for me I arrived on a sale day and there was 20% off storewide. I highly recommend you join their database or Facebook page so you can time your visits with the next sale and get even more for your money. Trust me, you will manage to spend all that you save too.
These bunnies don't need feeding or watering.
All that shopping and doing laps really can cause even the most seasoned shopper to need to stop, think, reflect and refuel. Thankfully at Robert Gordon Pottery they have a super sweet cafe, Clay Cafe, right amongst the beautiful homeware, kitchenware and bakeware. That means indulging in a slice of cake, a petite cupcake or a biscuit and a cup of tea without even having to break the shopping momentum. And really, it's such a sweet setup it would be a bit like resisting a scone at a tearoom, impossible.
Can't decide? Perhaps a morning tea break might help
For those with an artistic and creative streak there's even a bright and inspiring area designed to get you more hands on and dabbling in some painting, designing and decorating for your own memento or gift. You can choose from a large range of pottery such as money boxes, plates and teacups to turn into your perfect piece, and then it's just a matter of returning a few days later to collect it all shiny and new. Prices range from $20 for a famous flying swallow to $14 for a large teacup.
Why not enter the ceramic studio and paint your own masterpiece
Parties can be organised there and are a great idea for kids, teens or hens' days. We unfortunately didn't get to paint our own masterpiece and, considering we live an hour away it's probably not the most convenient option, but certainly would have given me the perfect excuse to go back. And go back I totally intend to do (repeatedly). But next time I'm leaving kids and hubby at home and bringing some friends along just so I can see their pulse rates rise, their pupils dilate and the butterflies in their tummies take flight the way mine did when I first walked in.