Dinah’s Beach Shack is a place where you can find handmade homewares that remind you of your best days down the coast.
My Grandmother was a strong woman who worked hard her whole life and spent her days off outdoors. As a child she taught me to love the ocean and rivers, and the big strong majesty of trees. My memories with her are hiking on trails, rolling our pants legs up at the water’s edge, and cooking over a fire. Those are the important times where you connect with the moment and environment around you.
As an adult, I appreciate her strength, courage, and determination. She was a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ during WWII, a single mother, and a tough old bat. She spent most of her career working at for a hotel which had a restaurant called Dinah’s Shack. My parents wedding, graduations, etc, we celebrated at Ricky’s Haytt.
When I wanted to created a Beach Shack vibe, and a ceramics label, I knew I would have to tap in to that determination and hard work my grandmother always had. She inspired so much in me and I hope to be just as nature connected, stubborn, and resolved as she always was.
A life by the sea, making functional ware from the land under my feet. I am so lucky to spend my days physically and mentally in a creative space.
Many years of clocking up experiences around the world have led me to this little pocket of life in the Surfcoast. I think what we are looking for is finding beauty in the small things and enjoyment in the present. The Covid pandemic has helped me slow down and take things day by day. My recent return to ceramics has helped me take notice of small details of movement and form. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy making it. -Martine
Our ceramics begin when the clay they are made from is scooped right out of this island we call home.
-Supplies bought from the amazing local supplier Clay Commune.
-Fired in an Aussie made Tetlow kiln using Red Energy, a completely Aussie owned power company.
-Ceramics are packaged in Ecocern recycled paper, Elk tissue paper and Inke's Aussie made boxes. Industrial Yarn has also developed a custom made cotton, just for us!
- I use Sendle and Australia Post for our deliveries.