I have a soft spot for ceramics and each year on our wedding anniversary I buy a small piece for my infant collection. This year we were in Melbourne and I welcomed into my life a beaker made by Tara Shackell, purchased at Craft Victoria.
The first piece to grace my home was a bright red raku fired bowl by Fremantle artist, Njalikwa Chongwe. I saved up tip money from a whole summer of waitressing, and visited my bowl in the gallery often to stroke its smooth belly and whisper that I would be back. I took it into my possession and it was so happy in our entry hall, with pride of place on the sideboard, high above the concrete floor...then in a tragic display of impermanence...my darling husband knocked it. I somehow managed to move on through the pain; Tom is still suffering.
At the top of my wish list is a bowl or four by Brisbane ceramic artist Mel Robson, who's whimsical and delicate pieces are imbued with her fingerprints, sketches and handwriting.
I share her obsession for maps, recipes and text, and the combination of these and fine porcelain makes me giddy with joy and desire.