An artist and gallerist purchased the latest Housegeister we sold at St Matgaret’s Mayo Festival Tuesday, Jun 10 2014 

Michael Eather has been making his art for over 30 years now and we once shared the same dealer – Michael Milburn so we have been mates since then. His own gallery – Fireworks Gallery shows a miriad of indigenous and non-indigenous artists side by side with a spread of senior to emerging artists from all over Australia.

We are always excited when a piece goes to a good place, person or collection, in this case it goes to all three and what’s more Michael ‘gets it’ . . . these ‘Tinsmithed objects” were covered in Inside-Outside magazine at the time of the first Artisan show, for those new readers here are the two downloadable pages – onetwo. I’ll post a smaller pic of page two , below.

The third Sautoir from last week went off to Sydney and we received a great response Tuesday, Jun 10 2014 

I’ve just withheld the names, this was a gift that just didn’t click in the first place. It sat until “J” made the huge effort to bring it back to the studio and discuss changes that have gone swimingly this time. We only ever want customers 110% happy . . . and approach commissions and relationships with a huge degree of active listening and support. It can’t be any other way . . .

“Hello Barb,
I hope you and Mal are well. My beautiful necklace arrived safely! It is everything that I wanted and sits perfectly. I am really happy with it. Thank you for spending time on this and for being so understanding.
Kind regards,
J “

 

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!

 

Small ‘housegeister’ sculpture by Barbara Heath to be won, opening night at Mayo Arts Festival Tuesday, May 13 2014 

To be won in the raffle on Friday evening, May 30 2014 at the Mayo Arts Festival and Gallery opening night, St Margarets, Ascot, Brisbane. Housegeister #6 by Barbara Heath was part of the ‘Tinsmith: an ordinary romance’ touring show curated by Artisan and toured regional Queensland 2012–2013. We have consigned all the returned artworks as part of our sculpture component. We are showing jewellery also, new makes and old favourites from the ‘jeweller to the lost’ studio stock. RSVP on-line at <reception@stmargarets.qld.edu.au> or call 07 3862 0777 to arrange tickets for the opening. With 35 jewellery and sculpture artists showing – this fourth year is shaping up as the biggest and best. We are proud to have been associated from the very beginning . . . download the invite.

Number two ‘in-line’ gem necklet from Jeweller to the Lost Friday, May 9 2014 

Barbara and Juan-Luis have taken ages to perfect this ‘collar’ necklet strung with chenier on cable. Our symbols, gold spacers and suspended gems in oxidised silver and 18ct yellow gold held with a bayonet clasp all curved at 5mm diameter. L to R dish symbol, Australian opal doublet, polished black onyx square, rose cut diamond with leaf symbol, Cambodian blue zircon and Ceylon sapphire cabochon. Will be first shown at MAYO festival at St Margarets, May 30 2014 and then available as a commissioned object from the studio using our symbol archive and the wholesale gems in the collection. Large image here.

Barbara scored another hankie, this time from my ‘graphics’ files at Urban _Archaeology Sunday, May 4 2014 

‘pink’ Swiss handkerchief given to Barbara last weekend Wednesday, Apr 30 2014 

Folded in two it went straight into the green box, then Marg and I emailed finds:

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