Our Story

Hi I'm Renee, Founder of The Calder Co.


I'm so thrilled you have come to my site.

The Calder Co was dreamt up in 2018 when I had great ambitions of creating something that represented the connection of our family and the desire to create something for me and my family.

Whether it was making houses out of 3D paper bricks, sewing outfits with my mum or screen printing fabric during my VCE I have always considered myself a creative person. A passion that gets me excited, gives me drive and has me always saying "I reckon I could make that".

The Calder Co had been a pipe dream, not believing I could do it, fear of failure and sitting pretty in my comfort zone until tragedy swept me off my feet.

I lost my husband to cancer in April 2021. He left behind me and our two young boys (2 & 4) and that's when I decided I really needed to do something for myself, something to get me out of bed in the morning, distract me from the never ending grief and make him proud.

When truly the worst thing happens in your life the fear of failure is non existent. You have lost everything so there's nothing left to lose.

His death has given me the strength to just give it a go and this, my small business is for him, our boys and his legacy so thankyou for shopping with us.

Your support has much deeper meaning than just a financial transaction. You are cheering me on with each and every purchase and giving me purpose.

My studio is in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne where I make homewares from jesmonite (an eco friendly material made with water based acrylic).

All our packaging is environmentally friendly and I am passionate about supporting other small business.

I am passionate about living a low tox lifestyle and am a lover of essential oils.

Thankyou for shopping with us.

The Calder Co