It’s the first page of the last notebook I have! On it is Michelle Gardiner’s cup that she received from her husband for their 18th anniversary…
“She comes to me courtesy of an antiques shop in the Southern Highlands so she definitely “had a life” before she met me…I like to think it’s a Jane Austen-esque one of civility, manners and long afternoon teas in shaded, manicured gardens! My husband picked her out because of the pretty, feminine pattern and energy she exudes – he thought I may need a little of that from time to time given that I live with five males!”
Michelle also owns this fantastic cup with an intricate Japanese design.
I adore the exuberance of these colours! Here are the words that accompanied Leaha’s drawing:
“My cup and saucer is part of a Mikasa dinner set that was gifted to me by my Mum when my first son was born 29 years ago. It was very expensive at the time and I was very surprised and so thrilled to receive it. The pattern is called Rosemead and I just love the roses (I REALLY love all rose-patterned china) but I was really attracted to the little bunches of purple grapes. I still love this set today!”
I’ve been wanting to share this cup for ages but didn’t have the right blue pen until today.
In 2016, Susan Wyndham wrote a beautiful essay for Good Weekend magazine about this very cup. I remember reading it at the time and feeling happy for the cup and the owner’s lives well-lived.
So when Susan sent me a tweet with her cup and a link to the article two weeks ago, I was so happy to have the chance to revisit the piece, especially now that travel feels like such a distant memory. I’ll say no more…enjoy the essay!
I’ve discovered so many interesting and talented people on Instagram (are you on Instagram? I’m @wejustdrawcups). One of them is artist Kathy Bierma from Perth, who not only painted a teacup for #WeJustDrawCups, but filmed a timelapse video of the process!
Click on the right arrow on the photo below to watch how Kathy skilfully applies the shadows first before anything else…