The perfect little homewares, ceramics & pottery studio in Maryville
Originally from Melbourne, Simone Madigan’s career could be described as being diverse at the very least.See our handpicked guides to Newcastle
Simone is a printmaker and potter, graphic designer, vintage collector and now owner of the Maryville working ceramics and pottery studio called the Workshopp.
Whilst not new to the industry what Simone has created in Harris Street, right around the corner from Baked Uprising, is pretty special.
‘It’s amazing what happens when you open the door, we’re getting a lot of love. It’s been nice, I’ve met a lot of locals and people really love having another creative business in the neighbourhood.
'My day job is as a graphic designer, I still do some client work, but I am here each day with three other ceramicists working on new ideas or commissions which are keeping us very busy.'
It’s not all ceramics at the Workshopp, Simone has brought together a mixture of beautiful pieces for the home, or yourself, like cushions, scarves, jewellery
and loads of quirky plants and planters.
Then whilst chatting away Simone casually pulls out from under the workbench some of her last remaining printed tea towels from her former life.
'I had my own label in textiles called States of Nature, and I wholesaled to about 100 little stores around Australia, Betty Mim was my Darby Street stockist. The tea towels were just one part of my range and they were so popular, people just loved them, they made great gifts. The brand was really quite successful, I managed to get quite a lot of press from publications like Frankie, The Finders Keepers and Mint Magazine which helped spread the word.
'I moved from fashion to ceramics and started printing onto porcelain, which was really hard, I won’t be doing it again. That style of ceramics just isn’t in anymore. Ceramics is like any other kind of fashion, you get over it and move on to something different.
'Terracotta pots are a great example of a ceramic trend. Terracotta, which we’re all completely not into anymore, we're now using it in a different way, against a different texture like a bright green glaze which looks stunning. It’s the same material but with a modern twist which I love.
'For me personally as long as there is a handmade element I will always be inspired. I am a child of the 70’s so I grew up with Macrame and pottery and
I had a really crafty mother. Basically, I just do what I love, anything handbuilt using interesting glazes and clays usually in greens, blues, blacks,
whites and natural clay colours, is what I love.'