I would like to show you the work or a wonderful artisan, Miya from Two Warm Hands. Miya, like many of us I dare say, squashed her creativity for a long time not seeing the value of being creative in the society we live in today. After studying fine art and education, she ended up working in child care and education for 13 years. In her own words she has “now found the magic of life all over again.”
She needed to rediscover herself after being burnt out from education, and spent time recovering and then was accepted to the NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme). By chance she was also contacted by a fine dining restaurant in Brisbane who had seen her pottery work and wanted her to make custom plates for them. Enter HUGE learning curve! She went from making pottery for fun to establishing a line that would withstand the demands of a high end commercial kitchen. Since then her passion for ceramics has only increased. She has been selling at local markets, was at the latest Finders Keepers in Brisbane and is soon to open an online shop.
I love the natural look of the pieces Miya creates, and I feel her gentle nature is transposed into each piece she makes. Her pieces feel refined with an organic edge and they would sit equally well in a modern dining setting or a country kitchen. She is inspired by natural materials, slow and simple processes and working with the natural environment, which again is clear in her work.
I spent some time in Miya’s studio which is in an amazing building run by Metro Arts in Brisbane.
As well as photographing stills, I have been exploring with video lately, and took the opportunity to practice my skills while I was there. I still have a lot to learn with video that is for sure. I do think it is a great way to show how much works goes into each piece of pottery.
Feel free to make a comment and let me know what you think.
To see more of Miya's pottery you can find her website Two Warm Hands HERE.