Wednesday, March 7

Dinner in the studio

Shelley Panton's Studio Dinner
Shelley Panton's Studio DinnerShelley Panton's Studio DinnerIt's 1:30am and I'm feeling incredibly sleepy but I feel like I just have to do this spontaneous blog post! As you can tell, I never ever schedule my posts and always write my entries randomly, whenever I feel like it. So yes. Here's a sleepy blog post! (I'm a granny and usually go to bed at 10.30!) So writing this post at this unearthly hour, is possibly not a very good thing to do, especially after having about 6 glasses of wine! But here I go!
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Shelley Panton's Studio Dinner
I just came home from one of the most beautiful and inspiring dinners of my life! In line with this year's Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, clever potter Shelley Panton is hosting a series of artisan dinners in her Middle Park studio. Dinner guests get to have a night out, relaxing over great food and wine. All served on Shelley's gorgeously beautifully handmade ceramic wares. (Trust me! You just want everyone of her wares when you're eating off them!) At the end of the night, the guests each get to bring home a nice little napkin. Every round of studio dinners, Shelley collaborates with a Melbourne maker to come up with these napkins. And this year, I was lucky enough to be invited by Shelley to be the special artist/maker of her napkins! And major thanks to Frankie & Swiss, for if it wasn't for their amazing printing skills, those napkins would not even be possible! I've blogged about it previously here and here. So feel free to take a look! I've always been a fan of Shelley's pieces and am lucky enough to own 3 of her cups and a little salt dish. I use one of my cups quite a bit. It's become my favourite one! I dream one day to be able to fill my kitchen and dining table with many more of her plates and cups. I just love the idea of how much each piece is filled with so much time and effort and of course, love!
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Well, I think I'm getting a little bit loopy and long-winded. This is what wine does to my brains! But yup, all in all, dinner was wonderful! I am so so glad I was fortunate enough to go! The food by chef Nicolas of Embrasse Restaurant, was perfect and the wine, by Ben Haines.. Oh! Don't get me started! All I can say is, I am not even a wine person, but I had at least 6 glasses before losing count! I don't usually drink even a glass!
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Thanks you once again Shelley, for everything! For picking me of all people, to do a special napkin for this event. I enjoyed every single bit of the entire journey, and your studio dinner was indeed truly an inspiring one! Thank you also, to the lovely sisters, Michelle and Jacqui from Frankie & Swiss, for going above and beyond, and printing those napkins up so beautifully! Everyone loved it and I do too! They're so precious!
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Alrighty! I think I should really go to bed. I need to wake early tomorrow as I've got a whole stack of readings to do before class. My readings are about 'giftedness amongst children'. It is an interesting topic, but trust me, the notes and things I have to read. Oh they make me sleep just after 2 chapters! All the terms, theories, boring wordy stuff! zzzzzzzzz.....Okie dokie! Thanks for staying with me till the end of this post. I promise, no more rambling! My tummy's happy, my eye lids are ready and so is my brain.. so Good night! Sleep tight! Don't let the bed bugs bite!

PS: Print packs are now all sold out. I'm awaiting on payment from a few people. But if I don't hear back from them, by end of this week, I'll put what I have left up for sale. Will keep you guys posted!

13 comments:

  1. Oh how gorgeous! That looks like one very wonderful dinner party. Love your napkins, Dawn:) That dessert with the cute little mushrooms in adorable. It's very Heston Blumenthal. You did well to write this on 6 glasses of wine at 1am! I couldn't do it! x

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  2. So lovely to wake up and read your post, thanks for working with us, Dawn. At least the 6 wines were only half pours! Have a great week xx

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  3. Wow, what an amazing experience. That looks like the most fabulous dinner. What an amazing concept! And I love your napkins. Stunning pics too. I felt like I was there for a split second!

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  4. I love the fish dish on the blue plate, it looks like a little tide pool at the seaside! Hope you are not feeling too rough today! :o)

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  5. Look so yummy and pretty, I wish I could gobble everything up! lol.

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  6. love the interplay between the tableware and the food.

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  7. Dawn your napkins look so beautiful, delicately placed among a table that feeds the eyes as well as the tummy!!

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  8. Such a cute funny post Dawn!
    Looks and sounds amazing and your napkins are wonderful! Hope you made it too class ok :) xx

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  9. Looks like a beautiful night Dawn! I love the napkins too, they look gorgeous. And sleep inducing readings are the worst part of studying - try articles on Measuring & Estimating - no words to describe how mind numbing those were hehe

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  10. I ABSOLUTELY love this! I am bookmarking this because it's just so inspiring. One of my goals in the future is to run a pop-up style restaurant that involves the fine arts and helps get people exposure + create an unforgettable experience.

    Moreover, I stumbled upon you when looking for food illustrations, and also became interested in the residency you stayed at. What a wonderful find :) You are inspiring as well m'lady.

    Cheers!

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  11. Hi Dawn wasn't it Aaron and Astrid Turner from Loam that did the dinner at Shelley Panton's on the 5th? Love the photos.

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