Samantha Robinson Studio Tour

March 31, 2010

Time to go on a mini shopping trip with me today, a little desk vacay. Let’s visit Samantha Robinson’s ceramics studio in Sydney and fight over which ones we’ll take home with us, okay?

Samantha Robinson Studio Tour

I have dibs on nearly all of them (kidding, I’ll share!) and I am especially excited that photographer Jillian Leiboff shot this studio with Samantha’s permission to share here on decor8 today because these photos really capture the essence that is Samantha Robinson. She creates art capturing it in a most functional way to show that everyday objects need not be mundane. This ceramicist is one of my favorites and so for me it’s a real treat to peek in on the space where she creates such precious pieces. I particularly like how fragile some appear, and how others look like paper, painted glass, and even plastic. Gorgeous.

Samantha Robinson Studio Tour

Samantha Robinson Studio Tour

Samantha Robinson Studio Tour

Samantha Robinson Studio Tour

Samantha Robinson Studio Tour

Samantha Robinson Studio Tour

Samantha Robinson Studio Tour

Samantha Robinson Studio Tour

As I look through these photos I can’t help but smell the earthy clay and paint — and imagine how beautiful these vessels would be to hold in my hands — some to drink from, others for flowers, still others for fruit. I get the sense from her studio that she is truly happiest when she is potting. I would like to own a few for my home but I don’t know of any shops in Germany or Europe who would ship them to me… so I guess I will have to drool along with the rest of you who also have little to no access to Samantha Robinson’s beautiful works. I’m sure the more we blog about her online, the more shops will carry her fine things locally. So spread the word!

Thank you Jillian for the photographs and also Samantha – thank you for giving us permission to share them publicly!

(images: jillian leiboff imaging)


  • Reply Mariana March 31, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Difficult to choose!

  • Reply Tamar March 31, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Holly, I love her work soooo much!!! thank you for sharing these inspirational photos.
    .-= Tamar´s last blog ..…and one more… =-.

  • Reply Charlene @ Sweetchic March 31, 2010 at 11:34 am

    omg, everything is just SO lovely!

  • Reply Vanessa March 31, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Hi Holly,
    I just listened to your podcast on ProBlogger and it was really great! Thanks for sharing your story and your tips on blogging! Your site is great and I will definitely be coming back to view future posts…

    I especially connected with the goal of your blog (to have your readers feel inspired, happy, positive, and have a great experience on the site), as this is what I am hoping to do every day through my posts.

    Thank you again for the great interview,
    Vanessa from Optimal Optimist

  • Reply molly March 31, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Such an amazing space – and I just adore her work!
    .-= molly´s last blog ..Spreading a little sunshine…. =-.

  • Reply jenn March 31, 2010 at 11:39 am

    oh my goodness… everything about this is so beautiful. i love how the large oval bowl that’s green out side and pink inside looks like a big yummy watermelon at first glance. making me want some fruit!
    .-= jenn´s last blog ..ohhh baby! =-.

  • Reply Vanessa March 31, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Hi Holly,
    I just listened to your ProBlogger podcast and I really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your story and your blogging tips! Your site is great and I will certainly be coming back to view future posts…

    I especially connected with your goal of leaving your readers feeling inspired, positive, happy, and having a great experience- this is what I try to do every day with my posts.

    Thank you again for the blogging insight and best of luck with your blog!
    Vanessa from Optimal Optimist

  • Reply Silke Schmidt March 31, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Hi Holly,
    they are lovely. Guess I have to pop by next time I am in Sydney. It is well worth the trip. What a shame that you cann’t buy them in Germany. I would love to call some my own.
    Have a nice easter,
    take care
    .-= Silke Schmidt´s last blog ..Unser Osterverkaufsrenner… =-.

  • Reply Val March 31, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    WOW! These are gorgeous!!! Love the patterns and colour combos. This looks like a happy place.

  • Reply Fiona Richards March 31, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Simply stunning!
    .-= Fiona Richards´s last blog .. =-.

  • Reply simone March 31, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I’m in love……love. The patterns are amazing. Thanks for sharing her and her pieces!
    .-= simone´s last blog ..Chic. Petite. =-.

  • Reply The Office Stylist March 31, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Those cups are absolutely gorgeous! I could see those as being beautiful pencil cups on a desk…

    The Office Stylist

  • Reply Becky at Art Photo Wall Decor March 31, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    These ceramics are terrific; light-years ahead of anything you’ll get atyour local decorating shop. And with all the colors and patterns, shapes and sizes, there has to be one that fits your decor. I agree with Jenn above – that watermelon piece made me look twice!

  • Reply pleasesir March 31, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    WOW – what a spot! Not only do I love her work, but her space is truly inspiring. Great post.
    .-= pleasesir´s last blog ..The Art of Business =-.

  • Reply sharon March 31, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    oooooooooohhhhhhhhhh I am in luv! I want one of each – especially the watermelons and such a nice space to work in:)

  • Reply Megan March 31, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I LOVE the colors and I love how the pieces look like fabric or mixed-media collages. They are so pretty. I love the sherbet colored pale orange ones.
    .-= Megan´s last blog ..Custom Silhouettes =-.

  • Reply Jeanee March 31, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    This is wonderful!
    .-= Jeanee´s last blog ..tofu Tuesday =-.

  • Reply emily @ thirtyeight20 March 31, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Beautiful selection of ceramics. The patterns are so pretty. I’m especially partial to those little mix-and-match cups. I’d also love a few of those old wood cabinets for my kitchen… To be honest, those are what drew my eye first! Then I realized, “Oh, they are filled to the brim with lovely things too!”
    .-= emily @ thirtyeight20´s last blog ..Our neighbors think I’m lewd =-.

  • Reply fat mum slim March 31, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    How lucky am I that I can visit this space?

    I didn’t know it existed, but all I know now is that I want to be there right now, looking over the beautiful pieces.

    Thanks Holly. x
    .-= fat mum slim´s last blog ..A Whole New World. =-.

  • Reply Michelle Clement March 31, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Wow!! Amazing photos!! :) I’m stunned and super-inspired by these/ Just so much lovliness to take in. :)

  • Reply Tricia Rose March 31, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    My sister lives in Sydney, I’ll send her this! It reminds me of chintz tea cups.
    .-= Tricia Rose´s last blog ..Portland =-.

  • Reply Tod March 31, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    such beautiful stuff!! everything feels so light and fresh! thanks a bunch for sharing!

  • Reply Brigitte March 31, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I’m having a rough day, and I just took a little break for my reader. These stopped me in my tracks. I had to scroll back to look at the pieces in more detail. So lovely and happy!
    .-= Brigitte´s last blog ..Diary of a Disaster =-.

  • Reply Starr March 31, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Gorgeous. The colors she chooses are so fresh, clean, modern and makes me urn for Spring. Such a delight to look through these images. They just seem to “cleanse the pallette”, don’t they?? Wonderful!!

  • Reply summerbl4ck March 31, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Beautiful pottery but what vexed me most was how crooked the floor is! :-)

  • Reply maria March 31, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    just my cup of tea..i really love the colours and patterns.thanks for showing us

  • Reply Gosia March 31, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Holly, you taught me a new expression in English which I’m going to use right now: I’m swooning over these watermelon bowls. And drooling over them too!
    You are absolutely right: let’s spread the word! We NEED Samantha’s work in Europe!!
    .-= Gosia´s last blog ..Outside =-.

  • Reply Vintage Fairy Tales Rebecka March 31, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Give me a watermelon now, please!
    Happy Easter

  • Reply Fernanda March 31, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Is very beautifull! Ilike this. kisses Fernanda from Brazil

  • Reply Nuit March 31, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    mmmmmmmm I know!! I can smell the clay too! its too good!!! the ceramics have so much personality I die!!! Love the colors too and the vintage approach.

    .-= Nuit´s last blog ..Katrine’s Easter Wonderland =-.

  • Reply Katherine March 31, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Oh wow…how gorgeous. The pink/green ones look like hollowed out watermelons from a distance. And then you get up close & they all have such beautiful detailed patterns.
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..austin fever =-.

  • Reply cathie March 31, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    this is the exact thing i want to do in our kitchen/dining area! i love her beautiful collection of serveware in open cabinetry! (the only thing that scares me about this is earthquakes.)

  • Reply mary March 31, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Ever since I first saw Samantha’s work, I have been waiting and waiting to see when/if I’d ever be able to purchase some of her pieces…I raced right down to the end of your post to see if you were going to say that they were finally available online! Darn! ;)

    I do have family in Sydney and you can bet that I’m going to see what I can do to track some down!!
    .-= mary´s last blog .. =-.

  • Reply rebecca March 31, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I love peeking in other peoples studios, gives us a bit of insight into how their work comes to life. Samantha’s work is something else, thanks for introducing me to it.

  • Reply dana | yellowtrace blog March 31, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Oh I love Samantha’s work so much. She makes me proud to be an Aussie, and from Sydney. I recently attened a trade show where Samantha showed he work and I took a few photos for my blog which I thought would complement this post.

    Our good friends are getting married this weekend, and my husband and I bought them a set of Samantha’s illuminators as a wedding gift. They are just so beautiful…

    x dana

  • Reply Emma March 31, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I love Samantha Robinson’s stuff – great Aussie talent! I really want her watermelon bowls or cool cups for a toothbrush holder.
    Need to listen to your podcast today, said I would yesterday and got distracted!
    .-= Emma´s last blog ..{ Bloganista Sister #2 } =-.

  • Reply Elizabeth March 31, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    what beautiful pieces!

  • Reply Brooke H March 31, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Stunning!!! I have art studio envy! That one photo with all the ceramics on the white wash cabinet… Ah. I don’t even have words. I LOVE it!
    .-= Brooke H´s last blog ..Laura Linney =-.

  • Reply cristin @ simplified bee March 31, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Oh my gosh I LOVE these ceramics. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= cristin @ simplified bee´s last blog ..Spring Cleaning Tips: Making Your Closet Functional & Beautiful =-.

  • Reply Kate March 31, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Oh, really beautiful!
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Field Trips… =-.

  • Reply Chantal {luxxury livving} March 31, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I would luv to get my hands on some of these beautiful works of art.

  • Reply Jolette April 1, 2010 at 1:35 am

    I love the fine patterns she puts on them, as well as the plain pastel ones! Her work really is fantastic. Will be sure to mention her on my blog.
    .-= Jolette´s last blog ..Yes to hand-crafted products! =-.

  • Reply Coleccionando estrellas April 1, 2010 at 5:35 am

    I knew this lady before, and her work is lovely, so creative, modern but with this hand-made touch at the same time.

  • Reply Mitzi Curi April 1, 2010 at 5:58 am

    How wonderful Samantha’s pottery is! It reminds me of vintage “chintz ware”, a type of pottery that had applied transfers of floral chintz patterns. Lots of color, and great mixes of various patterns. I love her studio too, especially her use of the old cabinets. Right up my alley!
    .-= Mitzi Curi´s last blog ..Busy Hands are Happy Hands =-.

  • Reply Annie Mack April 1, 2010 at 6:36 am

    I love Samantha’s beautiful wares, I was by chance looking at her website last night and next day she is on decor8 so I think that is a sign and I have just booked myself a weekend away in Sydney to do a little shopping…..can’t wait just the therapy I need after surgery….So nice to see something from home that I will actually be able to go and buy…

  • Reply ThiliBlooms April 1, 2010 at 7:23 am

    wow! amazing work! I love everything!
    .-= ThiliBlooms´s last blog ..Nuggets are disgusting! =-.

  • Reply Kristine April 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Beautiful, gorgeous, amazing, wonderful….
    I’m in love.
    Compliments for a very inspiring blog.
    Thanks and happy easter ;)

  • Reply Ana April 1, 2010 at 9:40 am

    In portuguese I would say: são como colírios para os olhos!
    (rough translating like: it is like eye drops for the eyes)

    Really gorgeous!

    .-= Ana´s last blog ..A cozinha esta quase pronta… =-.

  • Reply alexis April 1, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I am so very smitten by these delightful pieces. I need her teapots! Perfect for a spring tea party.

  • Reply Alysson Hartmann April 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Love these designs- so pretty, Ironically, my husband is in Sydney on business this week. I told him to bring me home a piece from her collection. We’ll see if I get something!

  • Reply Skyler Meine April 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Just jumped on the site from the problogger link. I love the porcelain and the design of the blog. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply julia April 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I just love it!

  • Reply julia April 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    But but… you mean I can’t buy some just immediately (I just went to the website), I would have to go to Australia??? Holly, you can’t do this to me!? ;o)

  • Reply JRM April 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Some of her pieces are being sold through Anthropologie. Or were. I’m not sure what all is still there.

  • Reply Kimberly April 1, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Did you see?! Anthropologie is now selling a selection of Samantha Robinson lovelies! I read this post last night, fell in love, and then flipped out when I saw the new collection on Anthro today!

  • Reply Stephanie April 1, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Gorgeous patterns and I absolutely love the teapots…Wow!

  • Reply Daniella April 1, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Wow wow wow! These pieces are incredibly inspiring and absolutely EXQUISITE! I love the variety of patterns (some rustic, others modern–I would *die* for that little delicate green florals on the outside, red floral insides bowl).

    The photos themselves are great works of art. They make me want to take pictures of my own humble studio.

    Great post!
    .-= Daniella´s last blog ..Adventures in Lolley Land =-.

  • Reply megan April 2, 2010 at 5:30 am

    I’m drawn to your work… it’s breathtakingly beautiful. I love each piece equally. I just found myself returning to look at the photos, and you work. I love the oval bowls and tea pots with the ivy. Your collection would be perfect in my home. I would enjoy and appreciate them everyday. I must tell my husband…. 19 yrs Anniversary is approaching soon.
    .-= megan´s last blog ..the garden is in bloom…2 =-.

  • Reply Lisa April 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Oh these are just beautiful – the ceramics and the photos!!

    Thanks for passing them on!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..easter flowers =-.

  • Reply Jenn April 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Have you seen her things in Anthropologie? They have some watermelon bowls, cups, and so forth.
    Way out of my budget, though!

  • Reply Catherine April 5, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I love these. I especially love the twist of taking what at first glance is a traditional crockery pattern and having fun with it in terms of colours and shape. Very clever.

  • Reply Ev Dekorasyonu April 6, 2010 at 1:59 am

    I think photos are greater than the place..

  • Reply zakdon shadbolt April 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    i love her products want to see if she will make me a bathroom basin ..i think it will look stunning

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente January 27, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Love, love, love her work and the photographs are beautiful….sigh.

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