Welcome to the Sugar Art Academy projects page, where you can keep up-to-date with coming events, and other matters, as well as pick-up tips, recipes and information on sugarcraft.
Sugar Art Academy opened in November 2001, and it's been a busy time so far. Classes have been running in London and Farnham, and we have also held a number of one-day classes and demonstrations.
Other projects include a
commission for a British-made movie, "The Lost Prince", written and
directed by Stephen Poliakoff. This was a birthday cake…but one formed
of three tiers, seven feet high, and with bowls of live goldfish between
the tiers! Literally a cake fit for Royalty, it is actually based on
a description of the cake presented to Queen Alexandra for her birthday.
Luckily, the "cake" for the movie was actually constructed from polystyrene;
otherwise a team of people would have been required to lift it (as it
was, it needed two people and a ladder!).
Another recent event was the release of the Japanese language book on cake decoration throughout the seasons, for which I acted as consultant. I also designed and made several sugar items shown in the book, including a flower arrangement which was presented to the premier Japanese ballerina, Yoko Morishita.
Copies are available from Sugar Art Academy.
Sugar Art Academy also supports a voluntary run Guildford-based charity, Project Peru, which raises much-needed money for a children's shelter in Lima. Over the past couple of years we have decorated a number of celebration cakes for them, with all the proceeds going directly to the charity, and at the beginning of December, together with other volunteers, including Alison Swayne, I again decorated Christmas cakes to be sold and raffled. This annual event is very sticky, but great fun, and if anyone is interested in purchasing one of this year's cakes, please contact David at www.projectperu.org.uk for details.
This year and next will also be very busy, with an increasing number of overseas students opting for private tuition, plus visits from Japanese tour groups, as well as a Sugarart Academy visit to Nigeria at Easter.
Next year also sees the BSG exhibition taking place at a new venue in Warwickshire, and I have been asked to teach a workshop there, so if you want to learn a fail-safe way of writing in icing, watch this page for dates and venue details.
As always…happy decorating!