Plastered: Recipe Bowls by Mel Robson

Plastered: Recipe Bowls by Mel Robson

Ronee Saroff
Mar 17, 2010

Mel Robson is a ceramic artist based in Brisbane, Australia who makes functional and non-functional objects out of porcelain. We're particularly enamored of her bowls embellished with handwritten recipes from the women in her family.

According to the artist, her favorite part of the process is working with these illuminating gems of family history:

"I find it fascinating as I zoom in and cut and paste and fiddle with the scans of their recipe books, letters and poems on my computer, noticing the little nuances each of them has, the way they underline a word (curly, straight, wispy, defined) the frequent use of exclamation marks, or lack of, the little messages and notes to would-be readers ("enjoy!!") and the slants, curls and whirls of each woman's hand. I am always left with a strange (and lovely) sense of having spent time with them."

Discover more of Robson's creations and catch a glimpse inside the world of a working ceramicist on her blog, feffakookan.

How do you preserve and share family recipes?

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