Two years ago I was fortunate to meet Kris Coad, a leading Australian ceramic artist. It wasn’t easy or by chance, though — I had tracked her studio down through pieces of information given to me from several different sources. When I finally did find her she viewed me slightly suspiciously. Who was this over-enthusiastic character who wanted to order 120 plates for his restaurant? He must be crazy!
Inspiration can come from many forms and I’ve found my conversations with Kris about the texture, colour, shape and form of ceramics invigorating. As an artist Kris has a rare balance of aesthetics and function in her work. She is a great communicator and through the valued time I’ve spent with her I’ve realised just how little I understood about an important and intimate part of my work — the humble plate. Many of her plates feature in this book including for this recipe.
In Kris’s beautiful words: ‘I am interested in the spiritual and daily ritual of different cultures, the way an object, symbol, mark or shadow and its placement can trigger an emotional response. To interpret the anthropological sentiment behind beliefs, I make contemplative pieces that have a stillness and silence in an increasingly complex world.’