This month we chatted to the very talented Geri Radzim from Cammeray. Geri has done it all, literally, from building a corporate apparel screen-printing business to studying property law and running a successful property conveyancing firm. After recently living and working in Monte Carlo, Geri has now launched Limonetta Ceramica, an online marketplace for hand crafted ceramics and specially selected new and antique French items.
She shares her local favourites with us, why she loves living in Cammeray and tells us how she came up with the idea for Limonetta Ceramica.
You’re in Cammeray for now, what do you love about it?
“Glammeray” as I love to call it, is home and that’s where my heart is. The community is a diverse demographic from young couples to boomers and beyond, this I believe gives depth of history, life experience and new energy. The local businesses bring quality and confidence with a personal touch which gives me a strong sense of belonging.
Is moving back to Monte Carlo on the cards?
At this stage I have settled back home with a view to a holiday or two in Monte Carlo in the near future. But you never know. Things change and being flexible brings greater opportunities in life.
Where is your favourite place in Cammeray for caffeine?
Maggio’s. My conveyancing practice, Sydney Property Conveyancing, was positioned almost next door to Maggio’s, so it was the perfect spot for a quick latte or some delicious bites for my team. I have been loving my coffees with the Maggio team for over 20 years. I think I now have shares in their business!
And for a feed?
Thelma & Louise on the waterfront at Hayes St Wharf for brunch is superb and a quick dip next door at the secluded Hayes Street beach is a must. Lavendra for delicious Indian with an equally delicious view of Sydney Harbour and Lavender Bay.
Any local hidden gems you’d be kind enough to share with us?
At the end of Cammeray Road is Folly Point. It’s a tiny exclusive waterfront peninsula with a handful of luxury homes. A paradise which overlooks the calm waters of Willoughby Bay. I often take a walk there and just sit and reflect on the day. Just seconds up the road is the entrance to The Primrose Park Walking Track which runs along Willoughby Bay ending at Primrose Park. I understand that historical items and sites including Aboriginal rock art indicate that Primrose Park was frequented by the Cammeraygal people.
What’s your favourite room in your house?
My garden. I consider it as another room of my home. A space of tranquillity, growth, nurturing and inspiration. I find the more love I give it, the more it gives back. Like life really.
Describe your ideal weekend, Geri
A swim with friends at Balmoral. Coffee at The Boathouse. Walk at Cremorne Point. Spending time with my daughter, Georgia (my son lives in Vancouver so a bit difficult to catch up with on weekends…), pottering in my garden and a barbeque at home with friends. It may not be as exciting as roaming the Brocante markets in Provence or pasta on the Italian Riviera, but like I say, it’s home. And that’s way more valuable for me.
Finally, in 2020 you started Limonetta Ceramica, why now?
I had come to a stage in my life where I realised the creative component was missing. I had recently explored being a marriage celebrant, doing voiceover work and learning photography. Although I was enjoying these fields and had some successes, none of them resonated with me.
Working with clay to create a unique gorgeous product was an outcome from one of my trips to the beautiful Spanish island of Mallorca. I know. Lucky me.
I took a day trip to an ancient village, set high in a mountain range located on the highest point of the island.
While wandering through the narrow cobbled streets lined with terracotta pots filled with bright flowers and street cafes a plenty, I discovered a partially concealed old wooden door. Parting the overhanging vines, I came across a hidden alleyway. Intrigued, I pushed aside the vines and make my way past the door and up the steep winding path, only to find a small collection of quaint shops. At first glance it appeared they were mostly selling natural linen clothing, straw hats and bags. Your typical tourist items. Rounding a corner, I spotted an oversized old woven basket on a shop footstep. Full of ceramic lemons. I was totally smitten with these misshapen, larger than life, orbs of yellow loveliness.
I just had to have them. All of them!
But. herein lay the problem. How on earth was I going to get them back to Sydney? My ticket only allowed one carry-on bag. And the lemons were very likely to break if they were packed in a suitcase no matter how much bubble wrap was involved.
On the flight home, I became single-minded and resolute. Et voila! My solution was clear. Make my own. Hence the birth of Limonetta Ceramica.
I wanted to capture the essence of the Mallorcan luxurious style to combine it with the aesthetics and personal energy of the Italian Mediterranean seascape and create a stunningly gorgeous product. Positioned with my love of digital marketing @limonetta.ceramica, I have developed a network of Australian stockists in all states as well as New Zealand and Singapore.
Take a look now at the stunning pieces you could have for your home, visit Limonetta Ceramica online, limonetta.com.au