Two views of the Lady Franklin’s Greek Temple, one by Ricardo and one by mal E Tuesday, Sep 2 2014 

We made a late night pilgrimage this time that we were down in Tasmania. The Lady Franklin Museum, known as The Lady Franklin Gallery is a classical stone building in Lenah Valley. Built in 1842 as an art and historical museum, it was the creation of Lady Jane Franklin, the wife of Governor Sir John Franklin.

The Franklins were shocked at the lack of cultural institutions and the indifference of early colonists. Jane was an exceptionally resourceful and talented woman who envisaged and brought about the erection of a classical building along the lines of a Greek temple… to ensure the continuance of cultural aspirations of the future colony. When completed the Museum contained sculptures, books and pictures.

The Franklins left Hobart the following year and the building and 400acres of land was transferred upon trust to Christ College. By 1920 most of the land had been sold and the building was being used as an apple store and cow shed. In 1936 the property was transferred to the City Council, and in 1948 the Council accepted a proposal by The Art Society of Tasmania to lease the building as their Gallery. Open every weekend (Sat & Sun) except Easter and Christmas, shorter in the winter months.

Teresa Lee leaves the studio, end of August to continue her Jewellery and Metalsmith studies in Scotland Tuesday, Sep 2 2014 

and she promises to return in early 2015 so we are delighted to keep her place here. After graduating in 2013 from Griffith University – Jewellery & Small Objects and she has been here all through 2013 and 2014. Travel well and take care! – recent shot.

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:

You all might be interested to see the recycled gates created by Bob Dylan Friday, Aug 15 2014 

Dylan’s welded iron objects were shown late last year in London at Halycon and this review is from Barbara’s ‘metalsmith’ magazine which we were delighted to read. We have already installed a repaired metal strapped gate in Tunbridge, Tasmania and I have been collecting any scrap iron from the township since 2006.

My last big horde was from the ‘tunbridge wells inn’ – the town’s first dwelling which was once a blacksmith’s workshop. The previous owner Jack gave me all the scrap iron he found when cleaning up the property to put it on the market. We had always thought of recycling these pieces of the town for our own gates once we reside there proper. 

 

233 shots of Barbara’s 60th arrived last night courtesy of Jane Grigg – nice, thanks ‘ovandout’ Wednesday, Aug 13 2014 

Honeywill holiday snapshot – nice, no Milano . . . Wednesday, Aug 6 2014 

From memory this is the first © Bh ring John commissioned for Trish. From viewing John’s Italian holiday pics, this is only one of many chairs lined up at the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan for viewing Italian masters’ works. I wonder if any small pieces of antique terracotta managed to become stuck in her sandals? We might have another commission, then?

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.

 

His next commissioned ring ready for collection in the morning Friday, Aug 1 2014 

I have a nice single shot but have opted for a combo and Barbara’s design rendering . . . another sensitively considered commission in partnership with a designer and a maker who go all the way to satisfy the client’s dream. I guess that says it plainly.

 

 

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?

We sold this large oval faceted (unusual) coloured Topaz to a client in Melbourne over the telephone Wednesday, Jul 30 2014 

Our Sydney friend and gem dealer, Gerard Walsh showed us this gem and malE said he had a client who would buy it in a flash only she resides in Melbourne. We called and offered it for our buy price as we would surely gain a commission to present such an eye-opener – and we sold it over the telephone.

Here is the description “Large oval faceted Topaz with unusual colour characteristics, from a gemological perspective this stone shows combinations/locations of colour centres in the crystallographic structure of the stone. 1=63.77ct L 28.6mm x W 22.5mm D 10.9mm”  Not a Swiss blue and not a London Blue but with its own unique colour.

Hand made setting in raised ‘Leaf Lattice Basket’ design © Bh in Argentium Silver with Barbara’s signature ‘S Hook’ clasp with added ‘Leaf Lattice’ elements. Strung with Mary-Anne’s own graduated Baroque Pearl strand. This lovely necklace jets away today to Melbourne to join many more Barbara Heath pieces in her collection.

 

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