Strange to open the studio mid year for a sale, we learnt lots – a quick report Sunday, Aug 17 2014 

The once a year studio sale, end November each year for commission clients is a favourite. We have participated with the GOMA design mart since their inception and they now run twice a year. I posted to our blog and also sent out an email to our  list, 244 saw it the first day – eight good sales, four briefed commissions and countless people back afterwards incl people with repairs and a gem sold. So many people were reminded to visit as three customers remarked they have anniversaries coming up – spring is sprung!

Great interest with the new in-line necklet and one of Barbara’s ‘essential items’ – a hand made, solid gold hinged sleeper set. We are making up two pair and enhancers for one set. Here is a quick scan I prepared to show you Barbara’s own:

Barbara Heath – mid year Studio Soiree – this Saturday August 9 2014 for one day only Wednesday, Aug 6 2014 

We are about to consign new stock to three retailers after the successful QAG|GoMA mid year design market. All remaining & new stock is at studio wholesale for one day this Saturday 10:00am–4:00pm. For out-of-towners, send me an email <male@co-opones.to> with your wish list, address details and we can send pics and prices. We sell and dispatch all over the world successfully.

The other studio surprise is the rotation of paintings after 15 years, Barbara’s new work by ‘skull kapt’ has replaced Nick Cominos’ ‘red scape’ which is now behind malE’s workstation. The French cabinet will be filled with gem and jewellery stock, we have never done this mid year before so be brave because the bold ones will be on the doorstep way before ten am . . . commission clients will already know the address.

 

Thinking about the state of Susie Hansen’s mural at La Trobe Terrace Paddington Wednesday, Jul 30 2014 

Plants are now trailing down from the top and lichen is now covering a great mass of the paintwork.

I have posted on this before and recently it has been up on FaceBook with comments and suggestions that we should all create a working bee and “clean it up”, what do you think Susie? . . . what does HandsOnArt think?

Seven shots taken by Juan-Luis with his makeshift additional lens on his iPhone Tuesday, Jul 22 2014 

Mathilda’s © Bh textured bracelet to hold her Barbara Heath charm collection – her eleventh birthday gift commissioned by her Mum, Kirsti Simpson.

Barbara’s 60th at the house was a ‘love-in’ thats for sure Tuesday, Jul 22 2014 

It started with her surprise present – a black (but very green) pony. Lil and Barb on Saturday morning, below.

I arranged the catering and Lil did the champagne for a small group of forty closest friends. I asked Jane Grigg to shoot everyone in attendance but we still haven’t been presented with the shots as yet. Fantastic shots posted by Sheridan and Jacqueline on FaceBook, thanks to everyone! 5–8pm was the plan, 1:30am we were all danced out . . . quite a few can’t remember how they got home! A second pony present – an artwork by Dr Deborah Porch, below.

Commissioned pendant and necklace for a ‘silver anniversary’ gift Friday, Jun 20 2014 

Collected yesterday, this commission is the first work we have completed in the new alloy ‘argentium’ 935 Silver that is un-tarnishable. The hand made silver wrapped cable is 1.8mm with a J hook and hand made in the USA by our friends at Chris’ Cables. Pendant of a pair of textured gum leaves and a single gun nut set with a light silver/blue freshwater pearl. © Barbara Heath – Jeweller to the Lost, Brisbane Australia.

New Tapered Box Earrings with fancy cut Lemon Quartz © Bh 2014 Sunday, Jun 8 2014 

These ‘millenium’ cut quartz gems have been in the collection since 2000 when we snagged them from an Ider Oberstein dealer. Green and Lemon quartz with fancy back cuts and cabochon tops. I just liked to show them off and then Barbara just swept them up and created these ‘tapered box’ settings in 925 silver and 18ct yellow gold tab settings. Marie-Louise Theile snapped them up on Friday, direct from the studio – well done to everyone. Green versions remain – but not for long . . .

New styled stock Sautoir finished this week Saturday, Jun 7 2014 

These are extremely popular, complex to hand make and can be adjusted to wear as a long or short necklet. Oxidised 925 silver star wire chain and bar & ring clasp 18ct yellow gold textured tutu with black freshwater pearl three symbols: tag, pavé infinity and wave bar with gold details. Soon to be available at QAG/GOMA store in Brisbane and Handmark Gallery in Hobart and Evandale, Tasmania.

No prizes for guessing Alice’s favourite colour Saturday, Jun 7 2014 

Commission © Bh Sautoir length adjustable necklet of 9ct yellow gold star wire bar & link chain with toggle clasp. Necklet has gemstone beads of matt onyx, red coral and Coober Pedy while opal interspersed with pendant details: lace pea, tutu with freshwater black pearl, briolette aquamarine 1=3.12ct onyx drop and red coral drop. All constructed in 9ct yellow gold with smaller detailing in oxidised 95 silver.

McTavish clan emblem wrist bracelet – handmade solid silver and leather © Bh 2014 Monday, May 26 2014 

Commissioned for Peter McTavish from his wife, Wendy.

The studio started with the all the historical clan emblems available, one from the family and a previous wide wrist band Peter had found at the local Eumundi markets as a size indicator. Barbara has retained all her leather working tools from the 1970s and it was a delight to go back to this medium. We started by working up the vector line artwork both by hand and computer until we had all elements signed off and Juan-Luis could start the minute saw cuts that have realised this task. The shot below is of the emblem prior to chemical oxidisation and the fitting of the pins that secure the piece to the leather band.

Hand made solid silver buckle and lip finish off this one-of-a-kind commission, we love it!

 

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