Jeramie's dream up in smoke
By JENI FAULKNER
DESIGNER/jeweller Jeramie Carter lost his identity this week, but amazingly he can still manage a smile.
Jeramie's work studio at Nana Glen was gutted by fire on Tuesday afternoon and, despite attempts by neighbours, the rural fire brigade and himself, it could not be salvaged.
The estimated damage was $20,000 but the aftermath is far more devastating than any amount of money.
Jeramie was not insured and now he has no tools to design his jewellery, with 10 years of sketches and designs ruined.
"I feel like I have lost my identity because I don't have my tools anymore and I don't even have jewellery here," Jeramie said.
The studio, which Jeramie had worked from for 10 years, was a mobile bus. It had moved around with him over the years and, at times, had been his home.
"I just don't know what happened," he said. "I went inside the house to have lunch and when I came out the bus was in flames with red fire whirling inside it."
Jeramie designs contemporary jewellery which is displayed locally and in other areas. He is known for his work with pearls, and recently for styles using beach pebbles.
"I had about a dozen finished pieces in the studio at the time of the fire, but the worst thing was 10 years worth of sketches," Jeramie said.
Some sketches survived the blaze and Jeramie will try to salvage these by cutting off the burnt edges and sticking them into a scrap book.
For the time being Jeramie said he would be working on sculptures and amazingly he sees the fire as a turning point.
"I will be staying with jewellery in the long run but now I guess I will go into sculpting because I have been kicking towards that."
The manager of the Mid North Coast Rural Fire Service, Warwick Roche, said Nana Glen and Coramba brigades attended the fire.
Police are yet to determine the cause of the blaze but Mr Roche said it was not being treated as suspicious.
n The fire at Nana Glen was one of three fires which started on the Coffs Coast within a 24-hour period.