A family affair – studio commissions rather than random finds while Christmas browsing Saturday, Dec 20 2014 

Lyn Taylor’s brief sheet starts with the date 1/10/2014 and notes delivery in time for Christmas wrapping . . . something for daughter Kate and two things for Lyn. Her large lace dish earrings with x10 of her old cut diamonds, her rubies and recycle her three family rings, white enamel fusion in 18ct yellow gold with those easy-to-wear hooks that Barbara and Juan-luis do so well.

The studio buys back the gold, unsets the stones, weighs and notes the gem details and uses refined gold for its purity. The rings were possibly from early 1900s but the diamonds were from much earlier times, being old rose cuts probably recycled when the rings were made. The diamonds were lovely and clear as were the rubies. We sourced more 2.5mm rubies to get the symmetry right. A large .pdf is here.

Lyn’s wide ‘saddle style’ ring (detail below) with her gold filigree removed from old ring and reapplied to a new © Bh ring with oxidised silver finish.

Kates new ring below using her Amethyst, (11.5mm x 7mm scissor cut 1=3.00ct) set into a tapered rectangular box setting, fitted low for protection and held with x4 claws. Setting is fitted to © Bh ‘cheapside style’ band with each shoulder junction having a cluster of beads as detail in organic style – set with yellow Sapphires and Tzavorite Garnets. 9ct palladium white gold with burnished finish.

I’m busy scanning and preparing posts while the two jewellers slog away on the final makes for the year. A few dedicated commissioners have opted to wait until the new year. More studio visitors who have returned to family here have visited and picked up gifts – most work is reconsigned to our three retailers but we keep studio favourites here for the next five days, right up to Christmas eve.

State Library of Queensland has a small selection of brooches from ‘Tinker Tailor’ on show now Saturday, Dec 13 2014 

Proceed to the second floor and in a lovely long showcase you will find the stories of the women selected, their field of endeavour and the contemporary jeweller’s brooch that was produced in response to their story.

Artisan was responsible for initiating this knockout show and they then travelled this exhibition to eleven regional venues throughout Australia 2012–2013. Curated by Kirsten Fitzpatrick, tour managed by Simone Jones, essays by Dorothy Erickson, Kirsten and Evie Franzidis with photography by Rod Buchholz & Andrea Higgins. The catalogue (published twice) was designed by Melanie Schafer. ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor – 100 women, 100 brooches, 100 stories” – remains an inspired local arts initiative, one that 100 individual jewellers are all proud to be part of as I know Barbara was.

Our annual ‘Jeweller to the Lost’ commissioners + friends, two day studio sale starts tomorrow at 10:00am Friday, Dec 5 2014 

Special makes, stock returned from retailers, some vintage 80’s and 90’s Barbara items, some gem fiends only concentrate on gem stock – everything at wholesale and less until the studio closes for the summer break. This annual event helps us clear the stock trays and assists new year metal and gem purchases, it also enables collectors and fans to stock up on another signature piece while others are here for three or more well-priced gifts.

Additional pic selection: - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8

Here is the ‘mud map’ of all stall holders for tomorrow’s GOMA Christmas Market – from 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday 29th November 2014 Friday, Nov 28 2014 

This is the correct compass orientation – note that the coffee cart will not be beside us tomorrow, blast!  The weather map indicates showers but at least yesterday’s massive storm-cell has passed over us . . . rain, hail or shine we will be there to greet you.

Barbara’s two ‘still life’ small sculptures are at Handmark Gallery, Hobart and Evandale Tuesday, Sep 2 2014 

The entire show is still online here.

925 bright and oxidised Silver with coloured and patinated copper handmade © Barbara Heath – Jeweller to the Lost

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.

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?

 

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