My last post for this year, now 2008 just got (another second longer) . . . Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

Norman Heckenberg who is the NAWCC correspondent for our local clock chapter & runs the qldclocksgroup <qldclocks@yahoogroups.com> sent this tidbit of info (and I’ll add the scan from the Australian earlier this week). “By the way, make sure you enjoy the Leap Second at the end of 2008 as there are serious proposals to abolish leap seconds and only have a Leap Hour every six hundred years”.

Happy holidays, safe journeys, see you all in the new year!

We made the top of Rhana Devenport’s 2008–9 Wish List, published in Home New Zealand Magazine (thanks Darling)! Thursday, Dec 11 2008 

The Sautoir has been featured earlier in a ViewerSite blog post and viewers can download and read the larger .pdf version here. Rhana is the Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Museum in New Plymouth, New Zealand. The Gallery store shows an exciting selection of Barbara’s Retail Range, Bronwyn Van’t Hof and staff man our only stock outpost in the Land of the Great White Cloud – Kia-ora (and thanks) to all!

Barbara Heath jewellery feature in the Makers Mark Christmas Catalogue – 2008 from Melbourne Thursday, Dec 11 2008 

The headline says our black and white has the edge, whatever it has it’s managed to hit the spot down there. I’ve just robbed the studio sale trays here and managed to consign a second set of product back-up with 11 days shopping to go. Well done Stewart & team! The larger scan is here. From the left: Triad Earrings, Necklace with Bar & Ring clasp House with Gem drop, Double Baroque Lattice Earrings & Pendant, Signature Bracelets x2.

Highly personal commissioned pendants Wednesday, Dec 10 2008 

Natalie Billing is a young sculptor who delivered a very moving brief to Barbara, the result is published above. I just worked away in the background, I know stories were re-told – objects tipped out on the table – books tumbled from the shelves – emails went to & fro – palm casts were made of Natalie and her Mum’s – other women visited and added elements – Natalie’s husband remained on the outer right through the episode (his choice), it was a very personal affair. I was privileged to be around the hearth I can tell you.

Commissioned Earrings with volcanic rock from Mt Erebus in Antarctica Wednesday, Dec 10 2008 

Peter Maxwell is our materials conservator, he has worked with us on virtually every piece of public art since 1998. His work for the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust  has taken him to numerous icy outposts, he does the conservation work on Shackelton’s Hut for instance – he presented Barbara with these ash rocks and asked her to do her magic on some earrings for his wife. Our gem cutter freaked and we sent them down to Kezya Norman who is learning gem cutting (amongst other crafts) in Launceston. They arrived back in shaved pieces and the result is now publishable. The larger .pdf is here for those high-res interested parties. By the way Kezya! we still haven’t sighted your invoice babe?

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