Yet another reason to contemplate a trip to Sydney: the newish Bison Ceramics store, spotted a while back on Decor 8 (with images by Australian photographer Jillian Leiboff). Founded by principal designer Brian Tunks (a student of classics who developed a fascination for pottery during Greco-Roman excavations in the Middle East), Bison has an environmentally noble mission. "Our aim is that your Bison will last a lifetime," Tunks says. "We use recycled packaging materials and we pay a premium for renewable energy to run our kilns and facilities." Made from Australian stoneware clay, the pieces are available in a range of vibrant colors and simple shapes. Online ordering is available; prices start at AD $27.50 for a coffee & tea mug; go to Bison Ceramics for more information.