With a Masters degree and a series of exhibition work firmly under her belt, ceramic artist Irene Grishin Selzer sat in a tin shed in the Melbourne suburbs and contemplated her aversion to soulless, mass-produced crap.
Rather than sit and whine about it, Irene decided to take matters into her own hands, launching her ceramic design line, Iggy and Lou Lou, in 2003.
The label’s handcrafted ceramic skulls, homewares and jewels quickly captured the hearts and imaginations of collectors, artists and style icons across the globe. Iggy and Lou Lou lovers include Emily Blunt, Nicole Ritchie, Faith No More’s Mike Patton and Anthony Gonzalez (M83), as well as countless ‘mere mortals’ who cherish beautiful things.
The past 15 years have seen Iggy and Lou Lou collaborate with Karen Walker, T2, P.A.M. and The Australian Ballet, and grace the pages of Vogue Living, Nylon, Belle, Frankie, Oyster, Russh and New York magazine.
Much has changed for Irene – she’s moved Iggy and Lou Lou from shed to studio, exhibited in galleries all over the world, and even found time to create a couple of small humans. However, her design ethics remain the same: a deep respect for traditional making processes, a commitment to a minimal environmental footprint, and a devotion to creating handmade, beloved ceramics that last a lifetime.
For design inspiration and more insight into what makes Irene tick, follow Iggy and Lou Lou on Instagram