Sarah Jane Ross
Jeweller to the Guild of Baristas
- baristas, coffee-makers, cappucino pullers
- Patron Saint
- Achille Gaggia
Barista is regarded as the most important element in the making
of a good coffee. You soon come to know who pulls a good coffee
and who lacks the technique. I am not ashamed to say that this has
resulted in me memorising the staffing patterns of my local to arrive
at ideal coffee moments. The art of the Barista is a combination
of passion and science. A good coffee consists of a finely balanced
combination of ingredients. The correct coarseness of grind, cup
and water temperature and pressure, packing technique and of course
quality of beans. It is only when these conditions are right do
you find the delicious tan crema produced on the top of a coffee.
The crema patterns I received in my daily coffee become a diagnostic-like
message by which I began to gauge the days potential, but
were also indicative of a good brew. I began photographing my morning
coffee before I embarked on this project. It is these images I have
translated into brooches. Unrecognisable to the outsider but indicative
to those who place value on the perfect cup. Hopefully they may
ease the fear of the coffee lover when asked Would you like
a cup of coffee?
Crema sterling silver, fine silver, shakudo, copper, stainless
steel Techniques: fabrication, etching, embossing, inlay and patination,
50mm diameter, 2001 (photograph Michael Fletcher)
Sarah Jane Ross completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT, majoring
in Gold and Silversmithing in 1991 and commenced teaching at RMIT in 1999.
She has participated in group exhibitions in Australia, Japan and the
Netherlands. Awards include an Honourable Prize at the 3rd International
Jewellery Design Competition, Tokyo (1998) and the Jewellery Association
of Australias Platinum Jewellery design Award (1996). Sarah lives
in Melbourne where she co-directs Studio Ingot.