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. 

 

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?

Kerry’s wedding ring remade into a Bracelet for Lloyd Sunday, Jun 29 2014 

Clients take us on their life journeys but we don’t feel like old bags . . . just excited to be part of their travel plans.

Intimate mementos recycled with intention + our own design language, reused + in this instance; a new solution for a mystery clasp with safety clip as required. Final shot taken by Barbara before the piece flew to Darwin – larger © Bh design with notes that was sent to the client.

Recycle her © Bh Topaz and 9ct gold leaf lattice ring into a Bracelet for Lloyd. Four rectangle links each have a four leaf motif from Kerry’s ring and further gold bead detail to each side, alternated with five square faceted block links; three having gold centre detail and two are set with round brilliant cut topaz. Bracelet has ‘mystery’ clasp with safety catch has further gold detail and set with brilliant cut topaz. Oxidised 925 Silver with textured detail and 9ct gold (as supplied). Length 19cm.

 

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 “

 

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.

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

Three shots of an object we commissioned from Shanna Muston Tuesday, Dec 24 2013 

Shanna was successful in her ‘art start’ grant proposal, early in 2013. Both Barbara and I mentored her in all aspects of her business / jewellery start up. We have been mates for quite some time now and have followed her work. The piece of wood we gave Shanna is from our old store in Tunbridge, Tasmania. Water etched and with traces of old paint, this piece if timber fits with her aesthetic, beautifully. We thought that some of the grant fee we earned should be put back into Shanna’s own practice so we commissioned an object in response to the timber piece. It was delivered last week but we still have no idea about her title, we shall all wait for a comment + feedback. Between us, we have wonderful examples of local jewellers work. In fact we have pieces buy everyone who has ever spent studio time with us over the years.

Five shots of ring stock to be sold next weekend at the studio sale Monday, Dec 2 2013 

 

Commission clients who visit the studio always ask to see what we are working on – stock wise. One lady swooped on the Aquamarine dress ring (number 3 – Image 5) and Barbara was shocked to see it go . . .

(Numbers 4 and 5 – Image 3) were sold at GOMA sale on the weekend

as was (number 6 – Image 2) sold at GOMA last weekend.

(number 4 – Image 1) I could have sold twice at GOMA sale only it can’t be resized, one client has commissioned another one with a larger Keshi pearl to be made before we close. (number 3 – Image 1) has two followers hovering and a very quite lady absolutely loved (number 8 – Image 1) but she never returned with the husband on the day. I’m hoping she took a card?

 

Clients are now working with Barbara to design different ‘Bib necklets with bar and ring clasp’ – this one rode away with its new owner today Monday, Dec 2 2013 

Mary Gannon had her own large, emerald cut amethyst and wanted to explore three symbols and a square wire frame design. All hand constructed with a 3D box, black enamel insert and a box setting for the gem. 925 bright silver with burnished and matted finish. Larger view – here.

 

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