How It's Made: This French Ceramicist Reveals Her Creative Secrets

Lauren Powell
by Lauren Powell
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We didn’t think it was possible, but our love for all things French just escalated since meeting French-born ceramicist Lucile Sciallano. The Melbourne based-creative, who recently took out the winners title at the Etsy Awards for the Home and Living category, founded La petite fabrique de Brunswick after relocating from the south of France to Australia back in 2013 and has since become a household name within the local creative community.

The young designer, who learnt her craft in Europe, produces handmade patterned ceramics (think bowls, cups, plates, and teapots) from her Brunswick East studio—a tiny wooden shack complete with a stain-glass window nestled within her garden—which is the inspiration behind the name of her studio. “’Petite fabrique’ means little workshop in French, and I then added where it’s made,” explains Sciallano. “The studio is really nice in summer, as I can almost work outside and just use it as storage for the night.”

Sciallano admits her favourite thing about producing ceramics is the unpredictability. “Opening the kiln is always a special moment—it’s like Christmas when you are about to open your gift and you are not sure what you are about to discover,” she says. Read on to find out what Sciallano loves most about making ceramics (hint: everything!) and allow her to reveal some of her creative secrets.

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