FrogCakes!!

Since moving to South Australia, I have been introduced to a local delicacy, the Balfours FrogCake, which is one of the sweetest, naughtiest cakes I have ever eaten. To celebrate this local treat and raise money for mental health research, ceramicists Klaus Gutowski and David Ellis Moseley asked a variety of artists to decorate a ceramic FrogCake blank in their own style to be exhibited at the 'Icon of South Australia' exhibition. Of course I jumped at the opportunity to work with something a little different whilst eating cake.

Paddy and I 'researching' the FrogCake.

Paddy and I 'researching' the FrogCake.

After a few false starts with materials that didn’t quite work out I managed to carve my interlacing pattern into the surface with some rusty, blunt lino cutting tools which I mistakenly acquired from school around thirteen years earlier. Not exactly the easiest choice, but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures!

From the original blank to a lovely carved surface. I used washi tape to mask the pattern and actually quite liked it with the tape left on.

From the original blank to a lovely carved surface. I used washi tape to mask the pattern and actually quite liked it with the tape left on.

To bring out the carved surface and add a little jewellery shine to the piece, I painted my piece and added gold leaf to the surface. Between you and me, I preferred the piece before it was painted, however, the deed was done and I couldn't go back!

My completed FrogCake in situ at  Light Square Gallery  in Adelaide.

My completed FrogCake in situ at Light Square Gallery in Adelaide.