Meet the maker: Kindly

Kindly is a ceramic project that aims to spread kindness.

Crafted by the caring hands of artist Phoebe Breen, each mug, pot planter or oil burner from Kindly has been made to be a vessel of positive energy. Breen hopes that each piece of domestic ware that is brought home carries with it her conviction to giving back: to those we love, to the community we are a part of and to the environment which nurtures and sustains us.

Each piece of work produced for the Kindly project is grounded by the ethos of being earth friendly. From the wheel to the kiln, each stage of making is a process of careful consideration. These slow-made clay pieces have been made with the aim to be as environmentally and socially responsible as possible.

Ceramics are crafted through a balance between art and science. Being an artist who works with processes such as glazing and firing, Breen has an acute understanding of the environmental challenges her medium presents. However, despite some of the impacts that creating ceramics has, Breen reminds us that clay is earth itself.  

Breen’s works share a simple design language that is predominately realised through working with stoneware and Terracotta. The minimalist design of her work speaks to themes of healing, regeneration, and purity. The earthy tones, spontaneous textures and subtle glaze finishes in her work reflect the humble Australian environment in its bare form.

The last season of Spring has graced her work with a sense of floral playfulness. Witnessing the Canberran winter thaw has inspired Breen to explore the creation of petal motifs, flower vases and organic shapes. Her new collection of work boasts a sense of lightness with each piece of work breathing life into the everyday tasks that it helps deliver such as having a cup of tea or watering your houseplants.

The Kindly studio is a local art practice which operates from Canberra Potters Society in Watson.


View work by this incredible maker in the Thanks mum collection.  

Image: Kindly, Dandelion teacupsceramic, $55. Photo: Lean Timms.