From Africa to Australia with love

by Marlene Harris


Home is where the heart is and for me home is a place where there is love, be it the people that you love or the things you love. Being an adventurer and having travelled the world there have been several cities which I have called home. I currently reside in Melbourne with my Ozzie husband and two South African born boys and have happily called Australia home for a couple of years now.

If I were asked to describe myself in one word, it would be plaasmeisie translated to English as farm girl. I had the great privilege to be raised on a farm and therefore I naturally gravitated towards Rialheim’s Brave Collection when I first saw it. One of my favourite pieces is the Fierce Planter which rekindles fond memories of visiting my Aunt Bessie on our family farm where she would use big tin cans filled with a variety of bulbs as ornamentation on her patio. Another item which brings me absolute joy is the Pig Bowl which, in my opinion, is one of the most versatile pieces and brings a smile to everyone’s face.

I miss home in South Africa and for that reason I like to surround myself with the beauty of Rialheim which brings me joy and makes me never forget. I feel privileged to be able to share my country and my story through each and every piece and look forward to everyone creating their own stories with Rialheim.

Attending the Reede Gift Fair in Melbourne is very exciting as it creates a platform to tell our story and to share the hopes and beliefs of our beautiful country and our wonderful artists, who through their hands manage to touch the lives of many including the people in Australia.

Darryl Gouws