The Olive Tree Market

The Olive Tree Market is part of the renaissance currently taking place in Newcastle’s artisan community. Started in 2008, The Olive Tree Market is the Leading Contemporary Handmade Art & Design Market in Newcastle and the launching pad for over 150 creative minds!’

The Olive Tree Market is constantly growing and evolving with talented creatives joining the market each month. Discover our emerging artists section, take home amazing gourmet artisan produce and sit back and take in the sounds of talented local musicians! See you under the Olive Tree.


New @ The Olive Tree Market

Two Squirrels// The Olive Tree Market// August 6th.

Ceramicist Nicki Bates says she began making ceramics after her first child Finlay turned two, as she needed something creative to do that would also enable her to have ‘me time’.

Nicki initially only made pieces for friends and family until she was asked by the Newcastle Art Gallery if she was interested in selling her platters through the gallery shop.

After having a second child Felix, Nicki wanted to get back into clay work which she found therapeutic and rewarding, and began attending classes and at the Newcastle Studio Potters.

Nicki says she met a community of talented men and women at the studio and learnt many new skills and techniques during this period. She also decided to change her business name to ‘Two Squirrels’ inspired by her own mother who calls her children Squirrels.

Nicki’s creative processes include working with a mixture of slab work and hand building but she predominately works with the wheel. She loves creating patterns and rarely plans out what she makes. Nicki says “I like to see what happens on the wheel when I throw. I like applying simple colours like black and matt white on a gritty earthy clay and cobalt blue and black on clean white clay. I am still learning and I am not sure where this little creative venture will take me but in the mean time I am enjoying creating pieces and giving them to new homes.”

All of Two squirrels work is stoneware and all glazes are food safe. Meet the maker for the first time at The Olive Tree Market this Saturday August 6th.

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TOMORROW/THE OLIVE TREE MARKET/JULY 9TH
That’s right The Olive Tree Market is on tomorrow! For the 2nd Saturday in July only. Come along and visit our creative makers, foodies and musicians in Civic Park. And stay tuned! There will be something special happening tomorrow! There will be some great giveaway prizes & free workshops. Watch our social media for more details!
9am-3pm. Civic park. Newcastle

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Beautiful Winter Stalls at Olive Tree July 9th 9am-3pm Civic Park

Don’t forget that The Olive Tree Market will be held on the 2nd Saturday of the month for July only. Visit beautiful new stalls including: fashion and home wares from The Raisin Did It, illustration by Nana Sakata, Scandinavian Inspired jewellery by OLOV, skincare by Afterglow Handmade and contemporary leather home-wares by Klovah.

Pick up beautiful winter blooms from Two Wild Hands, enjoy delicious brunch from our foodies like Bao Brothers Eatery, Rustic Flair, Superfood Revolution, Empanadas & Co and pick up a coffee from Sprocket Roasters. Take home treats from local gourmet artisan kitchens including Myrtle & Pepper Fine Chocolates, Urban Hum and Baked Uprising.

Relax in the beautiful grounds of Civic Park and meet up with family, friends and visitors to Newcas and take in the sounds of great live music including Joel Leggett, Alex & Michael and Half Nelson.
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Make sure to remember that The Olive Tree Market will be held on the second Saturday of the Month for July only! Spread the word and let your friends know about our date change. Our makers will love you for it! See you on July 9th. 9am-3pm. Civic Park. Newcastle.

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Nana Sakata Art/July 9th The Olive Tree Market

Nana Sakata is a illustrator who likes to create imaginary creatures and the landscapes they inhabit. She explores the natural world with her little creatures as they interact with the real and the imagined. Nana’s work is about allowing for an escape into another reality, where shadows come alive, bunnies appear like magic and her little creatures march off, looking for adventure and excitement. The illustrations are both representations of Nana’s own stories and also an open invitation for the viewer to begin a story of their own. The often looks to when innocence and unruliness went hand in hand, when emotions were not expected to be filtered. We can’t wait to have this beautiful work at The Olive Tree Market on July 9th. Don’t forget our July market will be held on the second Saturday of the month for July only.

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