Welcome to Palinopsia
Unique Pieces Made For Keeping
Behind The Name
Palinopsia is a rare state where you keep seeing an object, long after you’ve stopped looking at it. It’s about lasting impressions, and so are we. Pushing back on disposability culture, we make for keeps and bang the no-ho-hum drum. Our handmade ceramics have stories baked into them, each a one-and-only, with the swagger of signature style. We subscribe to the chaos of variety and celebrate difference because that’s where life lives. Style minimalists, we’re maxed out in personality. Plate up on a ceramic canvas and let your food write the rest.
Made For Keeps
"My ceramic devotion didn’t come out of the blue. I formerly trained in fashion and textile design, after graduating I hopped around multiple industries to finesse my design and development skills, before I settled on clay.
Something about clay and the mineral-wizardry behind firing a glaze always intrigued me. And there’s something cool about the plates on your table coming from the earth beneath the feet of the artists who made them. About wondering what that earth’s seen, who’s trodden upon it, and how it’s ended up on your table. Time is written in mud, at least I think so.
After 17 years developing products for big box retailers, with no genuine connection between the maker and the consumer, I became acutely aware of the disconnection we have to the people and processes behind the products in our shopping carts.
I had a hunger to build a business that prioritises creativity, connection and community, this is a true reflection of my values in everything that I do. I wanted to work with a product where every piece is a one-of-a-kind find, it needed to be kind to the environment, and I didn't want my packaging to become my customers problem at disposal. We make for keeps while taking a planet perspective.
I'm excited about Palinopsia's future and I'm grateful for everyone that has supported us along the way. Thank you for inviting us to your dining room table, to play a part in your meal-time rituals, what an honour."
~ Tamara Bajić
Driven by difference, our pieces are bigger than us. They’re made well by artists in Australia, Portugal and Thailand who’ve worked with ceramics for centuries and value what they do. We’re invested in hometown histories and heritage, as well as our clay makers. Connected to the studios, we’ve spent loads of time watching, learning and collaborating. Not big-box retailers, we anchor users to makers.
Planet to Plate
What we do and don’t do matters. In constant conversation, we continue to modify our environmental and social influence from design to delivery. And our people and partners are all-in, in terms of responsible trading and reducing plastic and waste. Always innovating, brainstorming and tweaking to make strides in sustainability and durability, we take a planet perspective.
To Each Their Own
These aren’t your bog-standard ceramic clones. Each piece wears a design swayed by hot-kiln chemistry. That mushroom coloured plate is the lovechild of handmade processes and reactive glazes. Some items show a family resemblance, and others look so different you’ll suspect the milkman. Eat from a bowl that has no replication in the world.
We experiment with colour, but we’re base-shape loyal so you can add pieces, swap them out or have an extra set for your in-laws. Using only natural, food safe, raw materials, our items are people-friendly feast-enablers. We use raw materials, frits and oxides because the process is dynamic enough for uniqueness but stable enough to deliver design DNA. Because regular stains produce regulated pieces, our glazes blend our new and ancient techniques with contemporary tweaks.
With Love From Portugal
From our community of makers to your table of shakers. Break bread and celebrate the craft of clay shaping. In a village by the sea, our family-run studios honour a legacy of artisanship. Here, roads follow a front of silvery olive trees, moving in pine-salted air, and the art of ceramics is as rich as the minerals in the clay. We create for connection, collaboration and the planet. It starts and ends as mud.