Mud Honey — Our first Melbourne Mud Talks with Honey Fingers

On April 22nd we held our very first Melbourne Mud Talks in collaboration with beekeeper and artist Honey Fingers, at At the Above Gallery in Fitzroy.

Nic Dowse of Honey Fingers exhibited a series of porcelain and honeycomb works, titled ‘What It Is To Be Broken, What It Is To Mend’ (2021).

The works repurposed Mud porcelain inadvertently broken during the making process. Nic Dowse’s beehives built honeycomb across and in-between the broken lines and vacant spaces.

The works represent the healing powers and wonder of the natural world.

For those who missed the event, the exhibition is on display in our Fitzroy Store window until next month. Visit us at 181 Gertrude St, Fitzroy.

Guests enjoyed a spectacular array of handcrafted cheeses and sourdoughs from Boris Portnoy at All Are Welcome, with Pepe Saya artisan butter and freshly robbed local honey and honeycomb, from the same hives which built the exhibition works! A warm thank you to the talents of Stephanie Somebody for her utterly magical food styling and Sam and Elsa for their hospitality.

Food was complemented by organically farmed wine from Voyager Estate in Margaret River, a family who have 170 years of farming heritage in the Margaret River region. For those who preferred to go sans alcohol, we served the NON, pouring a unique caramelised pear & kombu beverage.

The night featured an inspiring conversation between Nic Dowse and fellow artist and beekeeper Stanislava Pinchuk. Guests departed with a limited edition fine art photographic print by Phillip Huynh of A Floral Frenzy who so generously documented the exhibition and process, including the creation of stunning film that played on the evening.

Mud Australia extends are sincere thanks to Nic, Phil, Stanislava, Sam, Elsa, Stephanie, Ola, Dave and everyone else involved, and all who attended! It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and spend an evening pontificating on bees

A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors Voyager Estate, NON, Pepe Saya and the beautiful furniture and rugs provided from our friends at Cult Design and Armadillo.

Listen to the talk here.