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A Cultured Life | Business Feature

I would like to introduce you to Cindy from A Cultured Life who is based on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Cindy is all about fresh ingredients, the benefits of cultured food and the art of slow living.  It is not a recent project for her to run her own vegetable garden, she has been managing to do that for years. A vegetarian, she relishes the opportunity to take peace and tranquility in tending to her vegetables knowing that she can provide herself and her family with the most nutritious ingredients around.  Her gardening and fermenting process are a form of solitude that balances her work like as a police officer.  And in Cindy's words she believes that "living simply is the key to happiness."

She has an amazing passion for cooking and takes pleasure in the opportunity to cook for others.  She has grand plans which I will let her describe to you

I will be creating a beautiful fermenting studio for people to come and gather for workshops, learn about beautiful fermented food and enjoy food from my garden for lunch and create a beautiful fermented organic product to take home. Fermenting, food, fun and fabulous people......

Kefir and other fermented products like home made yoghurt are becoming quite popular, with a lot of people working out ways to heal their digestive tract and improve their immune system. Cindy's business started when she wanted to help heal a friend who was quite unwell and it is very clear from spending time with her that she is incredibly passionate about the art of fermenting, and cooking from fresh ingredients.  One day I hope to sample some of her cooking!

Cindy's website is still in the development stage, however she can be found on INSTAGRAM where you will get to be tempted by her baking, gardening and fermenting!  Oh and she is pretty handy with her camera I must stay - I think she has the knack and you will see lots of beautiful images from her in the weeks to come. Oh and she has a pizza oven in her back yard which her husband built, so I had to include a couple of images of that.  Who wouldn't want a pizza oven in their back yard!

Oh and I have to add, Cindy was so inspiring that I came home and built my own herb and vegetable garden!  I am not kidding.  Mine are all in pots, but I have mint, coriander, basil, thyme, mini capsicums, chilli and some lettuces. I also have some carrots and radishes to plant.  I haven't done any gardening for years so it is pretty exciting to be so inspired to give it a go again!

Thanks for visiting my page.

I am a family and food photographer based in Brisbane, Australia.  I am currently doing a personal project on Artisans in South East Queensland.  If you are a local artisan, and happy to have your photo taken, then you can CONTACT ME HERE.  Feel free to have a wander around my website - this is a good place to start. If you have a family or are expecting a baby, I do in home documentary and lifestyle sessions.  If this style of photography interests you then feel free to get in touch with me.

Artisan - All Firedup Pottery | Gold Coast

I put a call out recently to local artisans.  I would like to photograph them in their workshops and making the items they produce. I would like to celebrate the craft of making things by hand.  There appears to be a quite awakening happening and everywhere I look I am coming across new and interesting people and their handmade items.  It is so exciting to see a full circle from the 70's and 80's. 

My first artisan to celebrate is a really lovely lady called Sandra.  Her business is called ALL FIRED UP POTTERY and she is a new and emerging potter, who definitely has her own unique style (I can pick her pottery anywhere now!) Pottery is something that is always been on her bucket list and why she has now taken it on is a story in itself. She has a rare form of heart disease and due to that, had to stop nursing after 28 years! She spends a lot of time in Coronary Care and "is on enough medication to sink a ship"! She is also constantly in pain.  The thing is, you wouldn't know this from talking to her.  She has such a positive disposition and definitely does not take the easy road. We could all learn a lot from her. Luckily she followed her instincts into the pottery world, and it is now a form of therapy for her, and she enjoys being able to create something beautiful out of a ball of clay.

Sandra's business is a small operation in terms of equipment.  She works from her kitchen bench, and heads to Picasso Ceramics or Benowa Pottery to get her items fired.  There is a lot of carting around, that is for sure!  She is also learning a lot through Benowa Pottery, where she learns about glazing, shapes and sometimes the wheel!  Oh yes, all her pieces are hand built at this point in time.

I think Sandra's unique point with her pottery is her textures.  She is definitely all about the varying looks she can get with a range of different items.  She is always on the lookout for ways to create textures and patterns in the clay.

Sandra is definitely making a name for herself and her work is already sought after by stylists throughout Australia and even worldwide. She has come a long way in a short space of time.

Please enjoy and celebrate some images from my time with this amazing lady. Continue to the end to see some of her finished pieces.



Sandra can also be found on INSTAGRAM which is where it is all happening with the handmade market.

I can also be found on INSTAGRAM (see below images) which is where most of my food photos end up these days.

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I am on the lookout for Artisan's local to Brisbane and it's surrounds and also Northern NSW.  If you are interested in sharing your work with the world, and would like to be photographed then you can contact me here for more information.

Thank your visiting my blog. I am also a family photographer who photographs families and newborns in my natural documentary style.  If you are interested in exploring further feel free to have a look around my page. Here is a good place to start