Clare Botfield of Pottery for the Planet in her studio excited about their newest ceramic cups fresh from the kiln.
Clare Botfield of Pottery for the Planet in her studio excited about their newest ceramic cups fresh from the kiln. Shayla Bulloch

Locals going crazy for little pot of goodness

BOXES lined Clare Botfield's quaint little shop and the phone line was continually clogged as customers scrambled to get their hands on one of their newest creations.

The owner of Pottery for the Planet explained how her and co-owner, Renton Bishopric, could not keep up with the demand following their launch of their handmade, ceramic coffee cups.

"I really can't put a number on how many we've made," she gushed.

"They have completely taken off through social media ever since the 'War on Waste' aired this year, we just can't keep up."

"We've got stockists in Tassie, SA, VIC, NSW, QLD, AND WA and they usually place an order and phone back within a few days and want more!" she said.

The former Byfield residents, who now call Eumundi home, launched their business in a charity effort that soon stuck.

Clare explained that Renton, award-winning artist and talented potter behind their business, was taught his skills by father and owner of Nob Creek Pottery in Byfield.


CERAMIC ARTIST: Renton Bishopric will be one of the guest pottery tutors when Childers hosts the 40th anniversary Wide Bay Burnett Potters Association Convention in October.

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CERAMIC ARTIST: Renton Bishopric, co-owner and talented potter, behind Pottery for the Planet Contributed

She said their combined love of the environment influenced them to start their idea and they have never looked back.

"We are both very passionate about the environment so a few years ago we came up with the idea because neither of us like taking paper cups, ever," she said.

"It's all about trying to promote people to get a handmade, locally-made and sustainable product that is all to do with reducing waste.

"Every single time someone buys one that means it's one more big pile of paper cups that we aren't going to see in landfill."

Local stockist, Sarah Auriac, has know Renton and Clare for years and was thrilled when asked to be their Yeppoon stockist

"I love to keep the shop stocked with local and handmade goods so it's very special for me to have them in store," she said.

The owner of The Attic Espresso Bar said that customers were just as eager as her to get their hands on them.

"They go crazy, people literally rush in and I sell out in a day," she said.

To persuade people to be more concious of their environmental footprint, The Attic Espresso Bar offers a 50c discount on any coffee when you bring your own mug.

Clare said that they are not just making coffee cups but are creating a new culture in the minds of people and what it actually costs our future environment.

"It makes people really think, 'is there another way we can do this that's less wasteful?'" she said.

"Every cup is different so it's really nice watching people choose the one that feels the nicest in their hand or what colour jumps out the most."

Clare explained that they could not do it without the help of friends and family in their studio and hope to have an online store running very soon.