Makers’ Workshop

Makers’ Workshop opened in Burnie in 2009 as a place to honour the history, makers, innovators and artists of northwest Tasmania. The building, although criticized by some, won the Tasmanian Architectural Award in May 2010.



It is a marvellous place to wander and absorb the myriad resident artists and their creations. From hats and jewellery

to glassware


and hand-painted silk scarves.


There is an area set out to watch the artisans at work.



The fantastic retail space showcases the work beautifully and makes it very hard to resist a purchase.

After all that hard spending, you can relax in the café with something delicious


or take in the latest exhibition in the gallery.


Both offer a panoramic view of West Beach, moody on an overcast day.


The diverse produce of the northwest coast is proudly promoted, our world famous cheeses are irresistible.

We can learn about the local potato and poppy farming


and see the exquisite workmanship of talented luthier, Maria Perez-Pulido.


You can try your hand at making paper under the guidance of experienced paper makers. Many different fibres are used, including roo poo and wombat poo, apple pulp, lavender and rainforest leaves.


The beautiful folios, journals, cards and paper products can be purchased.

There are numerous large papier mâché characters in various poses, created by artists Pam Thorne and Ruth Rees between 1996 and 2007.

This magnificent garment was made by Pam, patiently twisting sewing pattern paper into lengths of ‘yarn’ to then carefully knit a gorgeous jacket.


The northwest coast of Tasmania has so much to offer. If you are passing, do drop in.


6 thoughts on “Makers’ Workshop

  1. A ‘must see’ destination when visiting Tasmania. I certainly couldn’t resist spending money there, the hardest part was deciding what to buy when there are so many wonderful choices!


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