Today I had a lamington for breakfast from one of our local bakeries and it led me to reflect on the old aussie country town bakery and wonder why someone who doesn't care about bread would become a baker. When run by an inspired foodie the Aussie country bakery is truly an inspiring place, cream buns with real cream, steak pies full of rich gravy and actual chunks of meat and lovely, fluffy lamingtons, the cake slightly yellow from the real eggs used in the sponge, fresh dessicated coconut and a juicy layer of chocolate sauce, creating a gooey barrier between the coconut and the sponge. (I've thought a lot about this!) Unfortunately many lamingtons are not like this and seem to be an excuse to use up any stale old sponge cake the baker has lying around.
The lack of a good lamington is symbolic of the lack of good solid , locally made crafted products in every area of our lives. When you take your stale cake lamington home and eat it off your Ikea plate that is not really quite the right size and the glaze is chipping off, drink your tea bag tea out of a manufactured mug whos rim is slightly too thick for comfort and add milk that is at least seven days old and comes from a corporate farm thousands of miles away you are wasting an opportunity to experience what I call the Everyday Sublime. These little moments each day when you can relax should be enhanced by the finest, freshest (and that usually means local and often organic), handmade items you can find. As one of my cash- poor friends once said "When you are poor you can't afford to be cheap."
Welcome to "Strange Fragments". I am an Australian contemporary ceramicist and believe that artists should spread their knowledge to increase a general understanding of what we do and build communities throughout the world.
"Strange Fragments" explores the strange byways and obscure currents of contemporary craft and design
Everyday objects are stranger than we think. The world is full of fascinating, unknowable things. Drawings connect me to the user of the vessel. When drinking out of a cup and idly running your finger across a texture or pattern it inserts another element into idle musing – me saying “Look closer” “Connect”.”