Louise Martiensen is the creative force and talent behind LouiseM Studio, a Handmade regular who will be back next weekend at our March Market with her collection of handmade porcelain pieces. We asked her some questions about her trip to Canberra.
Tell us about your business
LouiseM studio is my ceramics practice. My aim is to make beautiful and unusual pieces for the home that can be used every day as well as for special occasions. The pieces are made by hand in my Sydney studio using the slip-casting process, with additions and alterations applied to make every one unique. I draw my inspiration from the world around me, especially from nature, as well as through experimentation with form, colour, materials and techniques.
Why do you love the Handmade Market?
The Handmade Market is such an inspiring space to be in because you find yourself surrounded by so many talented makers and designers. Not only does it constantly make me think “I want that!”, but it also makes me think “How did they do that? And how can I be a better maker?” Not to mention, everyone is just so nice!
What are you looking forward to most about your trip to Canberra?
What I most look forward to about my trips down to Canberra for the Handmade Market is the chance it affords me to catch up with some Canberra-based friends. They’ve always got a fantastic suggestion for somewhere to go for dinner and fill my evening with laughter and wine.
Can you describe your studio?
The LouiseM studio is within a larger warehouse space shared with a couple of other makers in the Sydney suburb of Marrickville. This is where I make and fire all my pieces, and my favourite and most important piece of equipment in the studio would have to be my trusty workhorse of a kiln. All of my paperwork is done from my considerably less dusty desk at home.