We'd love to be exploring the cute shops and blossoming food scene of historical Ballarat right now but buying from one of its local creators is the next best thing. Ruby Pilven's studio in Ballarat is home to her technicolour ceramic practice. Using a Japanese technique called Nerikomi, Pilven's works are hand-built with coloured clay. You'll find dreamy pastels with gold accents and bold glaze vessels and accessories on her online store. Give your mate a pair of handmade porcelain earrings, treat your pooch to an ultramarine dog bowl or covet a gilded rim serving platter for yourself.
We could all use a bit of a treat right now. If, like us, you've found yourself mindlessly scrolling through online shops seeking that little drop of purchase dopamine, we've got you. We've compiled a bunch of covetable gifts, self-care must-haves and luxuriant gifts for someone special that will soothe what ails you while keeping some of our state's tireless makers in business.
In fact, your phone can be transformed into a vending machine for all sorts of local treasures with Click For Vic, an initiative that compiles all the best regional produce, products, booze, coffee and experience vouchers in one handy location. This online platform directs you straight to the maker's online stores and ensures your purchase supports the business directly.
So dive in. Check out our gift and goods ideas below.