The New Homewares

Our restaurants are unique, our coffee is world-beating and our architecture is innovative. It stands to reason then that Canberra homes are likely to be well dressed. Or at least they will be after the next Handmade Market on 16 & 17 September. Handmade had always been the place to find something artisan and perfect for that bare shelf or coffee table. And the next market will be no different as, alongside some of our favourite homewares designers, there will be a new group of stylish and creative businesses displaying a range of products for your home. Let’s take a look as who’s new.

Alight Glass is a homewares and jewellery brand made by Canberra based glass artist Alexandra Frasersmith. Alight homewares are inspired by Alexandra’s exhibition work that focuses on ripples and patterns of water and the liquid qualities unique to glass.

Beautiful, organic and simple are three words that sum up the work of Ana Jensen Ceramics. Hand thrown in Victoria, these pieces combine good styling with practicality and are intended for everyday use. Also producing sculptural ceramics is Kate from By Kate Ceramics. Working out of her Canberra studio, Kate’s work is truly handmade. She takes each unique piece through from idea to completion with every step containing a story. Helen Ashley started her career in textiles, but now paints, illustrates and works with ceramics to create colourful and quirky homewares including ceramics, prints and cards to make people smile.

From left: Alight Glass, By Kate Ceramics, Ana Jensen Ceramics, Helen Ashley Designs.

Combining the Australian aesthetic with Scandinavian simplicity, Amindy is a Melbourne homewares company that focuses on colour, shape and texture with combinations of materials such as plywood, acrylic, and cowhide. According to Amindy, it’s “for you, your best friend, your sweetheart, your daughter, your mother. It’s telling someone they are lovely when they least expect it.”

While Burbia have visited Handmade before, it is a while since we have welcomed them to the Market. Using original art as prints and textiles, Burbia is all about creating beautiful prints and homewares of the places we live and love in Australia. The latest collection celebrates nature and in particular, our stunning beach and bush scenery.

Every Canberra home needs to glow of a handmade candle. Inspired by Polynesian culture and lifestyle and reminiscent of  tropical escapes, lush gardens and island vacations, Laki Ohana (meaning Lucky Family in Hawaiian) will be at Handmade for the first time in September. Hand poured soy candles are finished with a crackling wood wick and presented beautifully in glass containers.

From Left: Burbia, Laki Ohana Candles, Amindy.

Produce of the beehive is what forms the collection from Apiary Made. With homewares, skincare and health products, everything is made with the bee in mind.

If your home is crying out for accessories made from beautiful wood, Bennett Fox Designs uses Australian and European wood to create distinctive tableware. Kim Johnston designs and makes a range of works including ergonomic seating, cabinets, tables, lighting and tableware. Only FSC certified or salvaged timbers are used, with low or non-allergy finishes a speciality.

Also passionate about wood are the Meraki Makers, Mark & Mel. Using their fine woodworking skills, they employ techniques such as marquetry and wood turning to make intricate designs. Often working with other designers, Mark and Mel say that collaboration makes them “fresh and trend-forward.” They also say that “finding a home for our pieces with an equally lovely owner is the best part of our process!”

Left: Wooden accessories from Bennett Fox Designs. Centre and Right: The work of Meraki Makers.


Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, Handmade Style, the newsletter and the online magazine. When she's not hanging out with the lovely Handmade team, she runs Callie & Co Design, a Canberra graphic design studio that crafts brands for small businesses. Her favourite things about Canberra are the seasons (especially Autumn), the big sky, the coffee and the great events.


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