Es Ceramics moulds a new chapter in Thebarton
As sustainability-minded consumers move away from single-use takeaway cups, Es Ceramics founder Shane Connery is busier than ever.
The keep cups are made using multiple types of clay and take three weeks to complete.
Each cup is measured to the millimetre and are made into two sizes, 8 ounces for regular and 12 ounces for large sized cups, which Connery now sells to a growing number of cafés and other hospitality venues throughout Adelaide regularly. Connery has eight designs for his cups as well as experimental styles, which are all made from natural minerals from copper carbonate and rutile to zinc and more.
“The cups for me mean getting to experiment with as many different glazes as I want to make,” Connery says. “I was really lucky getting all the glaze ingredients from somebody’s old stock, and I’ve just been playing around with that and finding recipes and testing them, seeing if they work, if they flux properly, seeing what colours I get and mixing that with something else that I’ve made.
“It’s all just one big test after test, experimenting. I wasn’t so precious with my pottery, so I would test glazes on everything and now I’ve got a small catalogue of glazes that are completely unique.”
The new Thebarton studio is still in its early days, with more equipment, furnishings and finishing touches to be added to the space alongside tables and shelves handmade by Connery himself. One of Connery’s main goals for the space is to run weekly pottery classes for the public, which he hopes to have up and running early in the new year.
“I’ve had people asking me to do classes for the last couple of years, but I think this is a good space to do it because it’s a workplace, where real things are happening with pottery.
“I want to give people the same experience I had when I first started – it’s an exciting thing to do and people find it very rewarding. And it’s just fun.”