INNOVATION: Potter Kiki loves testing new shapes and designs on the market.
INNOVATION: Potter Kiki loves testing new shapes and designs on the market. Photo John Mccutcheon

Kiki shapes great ideas

IF you are looking for an unusual present or simply want to brighten your home, Art in Clay by Kiki may have something for you.

Exclusive to the Eumundi Markets, Kiki's unique candleholders and mosquito coil-holders are one of a kind.

Kiki's pieces have travelled interstate and overseas to Switzerland and Canada.

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Before finding her groove six years ago at Eumundi, she spent 22 years selling her Art in Clay at the Riverside Markets in Brisbane, where she offered everything from plates to jugs.

"You name it, I've probably made it over the years," she said.

Kiki is always working on something.

"There's always new ideas," she said.

"I test new shapes and designs on the market.

"Some work and some don't."

The process from start to finish takes two weeks per piece.

"I love throwing on the wheel," Kiki said.

"I love making tall skinny things.

"Something with a bit more of a challenge.

"My least-favourite thing is cleaning the wheel. The dust gets all over me."

For Kiki, it's not so much the money side of things that keeps her going back to Eumundi every week.

It's more "the community spirit that comes from the other stallholders", she said.

"Whether you make money it doesn't matter. It's always a good time," she said. "I like pushing the clay to its limits."

As a result, she gets plenty of returning customers.

"They come and tell you how the piece looks in the house and how happy they are," she said.

You can catch Kiki at the Eumundi Markets every Wednesday and Saturday.

For further details and more photos, visit Art in Clay by Kiki on Facebook.


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