Cheque arrived from Hong Kong for another McTavish family commission, we are excited to start Thursday, Apr 3 2014 

More on this when we complete Peter’s leather and 925 silver “Clan” cuff . . . commissioned by Wendy. I so much miss the postage ephemera, I keep every postage stamp for recycling and future artworks. We miss the smaller native birds as they are driven out of the suburban gardens by larger, non-Australian species. Thoughts of all the Australian migrating birds that used the mudflats of Hong Kong as feed and rest stations on their northern journeys to and from Siberia, these environments are shrinking due to landfill and the real estate boom there.

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.

Small comfortable subtle and always asked for at ‘studio sale’ – domed and partial polished Hexagon earrings © Bh Friday, Dec 13 2013 

This is the second change-over from posts we have done since the sale last weekend. The Hexagon range has singles, articulated doubles in all golds silvers and combination finishes, in fact Anne Harper dropped in today to collect her coral bracelet restring wearing her matted double gold ones.

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.

 

‘The Weekend Edition’ just posted the social pics from the opening of ‘silver’ at the Museum Of Brisbane, nice Friday, Nov 22 2013 

Which reminded me of this shot of the installation by Chelsea Sipthorp, supplied to Marian Drew and Barbara Heath of their artwork: “Maisie & Bab’s Garden Sketchbook” Click here for the larger downloadable image.

Also please note: The “silver’ panel discussion with Marian Drew & Barbara Heath is scheduled for 2:00pm Sunday 2nd March 2014 at the Museum of Brisbane.

Here is a detail of the work:

 

Here are x8 shots I took of the ‘silver’ objects when they were housed in the studio cabinet Monday, Nov 18 2013 

The show at the Museum of Brisbane opened last Thursday evening to a host of guests and many of our pals, all the artists and those closely associated with MOB. Marian has taken great individual shots of the objects on a white ground and the work itself shown with the backdrop looks super but here I am sharing eight of my more moody shots:

“Six pairs of Queensland’s finest visual  artist collaborate for the first time for ‘silver’. Each duo – a leading photographer and artisan jeweller – consider the differences and commonalities in their practices to present new artworks inspired by our city.” Barbara and Marian’s artist talk is at 2pm on Sunday 13th April 2014 just prior to the show’s closure on 27th April but don’t wait that long to see this super show . . .

This is what happens when client’s have Sautoirs and Necklaces made by the studio, they have all their other pieces restrung and reclasped with our workable fixings Wednesday, Oct 16 2013 

There are numerous sizes and options to Barbara’s handmade ‘bar & ring ‘ clasps. Textured and plain in multiple metal options, some with gems set in the ring clasp – here we have handmade 925 Silver with Dr Gael Phillips’ oval antique ‘millefiori’ Venetian beads. Ready-to-wear anywhere (and dance floor strength into the bargain).

Handforged and reticulated silver ‘Bib’ necklace with enamel Jade and bar & ring clasp © Bh Thursday, Sep 26 2013 

 

Commissions always come with such interesting stories and we end up adding to the piece’s history with our work Saturday, Sep 21 2013 

They were in NYC and so loved the Chrysler building and then unexpectedly found this and it became their ‘friendship’ ring, we have remade the top part. Then they found a battered base metal ring that became their wedding ring. Bee always wanted Barbara to make her a copy with noble metal and channel-set diamonds, then Daz snuck over and initiated this new version. He picks it up today . . . two versions one with the camera and one with the scanner:

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