THE PENINSULA COLOUR COLLECTION
We are so proud to present the very first in our collection, 'Esther Blue' supporting the Dolphin Research Institute in Hastings, Victoria.
We have been working hard in collaboration with Gordon Studio Glassblowers in Red Hill to create a beautiful selection of stunning hand-blown glass candles.
Each candle in the range is unique & a stand-alone piece of art. No glass encasing is the same. Our colours have been inspired by the bay, ocean, the Peninsula's stunning sunsets, sunrises & the hinterland.
You will find that everything from the hand-blown glass art encasing to the carefully hand poured candle inside has all been made locally by locals on the Mornington Peninsula Australia. We are passionate about the fact that 'The Peninsula Colour Collection' is locally sourced & individually hand made & crafted one by one.
After your candle has burned away, you will be left with a beautiful piece of art that is dishwasher safe & can be reused as a glass, vase, tea light holder... the list goes on. You have also donated a percentage to the Dolphin Research Institute so it is truly the gift that keeps on giving in every way.
Gordon Studio Glassblowers,
The first release in the series honours Port Phillip Bay's matriarch dolphin, Esther. She was names after the 1930's actress Esther Williams known for her movies pioneering synchronised swimming. Esther is one of Port Phillip's very special common dolphins.
They are short-beaked common dolphin & usually found in large pods in the open seas - apart from out bay!
We think that in about 2006 Esther & her smaller group of common dolphins first came into Phillip & stayed. Since then a combination of more animals coming from Bass Strait & successfully calving has increased the numbers to over 30.
The resident dolphins seem to be female-dominated with Esther standing out as a very successful mother with at least three calves of her own.
Esther with her calf, Bouncer - born in 2007.
This image shows Esther & another adult called Ragged Fin, with a calf in the middle. We believe it is Ragged Fin's first calf & seeing Esther so close makes sense because experienced dolphin mothers are known to take on a 'matriarchal' role, at times acting like aunts to give the mother a chance to rest, feed or just have a break.
Proudly supporting DRI.
Information provided by the Dolphin Research Institute, Hastings.
'Sullivan Bay Sunsets' - Sorrento
The second in the series of The Peninsula Colour Collection
Did you know Sullivan Bay in Sorrento was Victoria's first European settlement?
First discovered in 1802 by John Murray it was claimed for the British Crown & became the first attempt to settle convicts permanently in Victoria. The site was initially chosen because of its strategic location near the entrance of Port Phillip Bay. It was established by Lieutenant Colonel David Collins 9th of October 1803 but the site was abandoned after 7 months due to poor soil conditions & lack of fresh water.
There were 299 convicts with some wives & children, free settlers, 30 royal marines, a Chaplin & some civil officers totalling about 460 people arriving in 1803 on the HMS Calcutta & Ocean.
Sullivan Bay is 60km south of Melbourne on Port Phillip Bay. It was named after John Sullivan, after the under-secretary for war & colonies.
Collins settlement at Sullivan Bay is well worth the visit for much more information & a walk on the beach... oh, & of course those stunning sunsets!
There is a peacefulness & serenity about Sullivan Bay.
Acknowledgments go to the traditional owners of the land - Boonerwrung (Bunurong) people.
'Hinterland' - RED hill
The third in the series of The Peninsula Colour Collection
Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria was first settled in 1862 & is well known for its stunning hinterland, rolling hills & rich red soil.
Its name comes from the rich red clay that has produced so much of Victoria’s premium quality fresh produce and fine wines. It is home to some of the most beautiful wineries and restaurants on offer in Australia.
There is another treasure you will find nestled in the Red Hill Hinterland... Gordon Studio Glass Blowers.
Here you will find the ancient art of glassblowing at its very best. Gordon Studios was first established in 1990 by Eileen Gordon & Grant Donaldson. Known as two of the best glass blowers in Australia, husband & wife Eileen & Grant along with their incredibly talented sons, Hamish & Calum, opened their studio in Red Hill (their third location) in 2003 after searching for 10 years to secure the perfect spot, the stunning Red Hill hinterland is where they found it. A place of tranquillity, inspiration & nature’s ever-changing canvas to draw inspiration from.
The old house on the beautiful property was renovated with the specific purpose of creating a viewing mezzanine that allows you to watch the resident artists working with molten hot glass, creating pieces of incredible shape and colour. You will see that glass blowing is quite strenuous & requires a lot of physical strength as well as skill. It is a rare & ancient art, fascinating to watch.
From the minute you arrive in the grounds of the studio you are surrounded by nature’s beauty & some of the prettiest views in Red Hill. Watch the glass blowers in action, the hot furnaces & use tools is just magical. You will love the finished works that are displayed in the studio & see the many pieces will travel the world. The best part is you can enjoy this rare experience, right here in Red Hills Hinterland.