First, here’s a download of the Artisan Press Release, it speaks about the objects made for the show, all for sale in the gallery. House Geisters (spirit guards for the house), Hanging Guardians (above) and a Rain Chain. Kirsten Fitzpatrick’s premise for the show is reproduced below:

TINSMITH WALL TEXT
The fascinating and forgotten history of tinsmithing in Queensland, inspired Barbara Heath, a Brisbane-based jeweller and artist, to create a new collection of work.
Tin was once as common in our everyday lives as plastic is today. It was just as revolutionary as well, as tin coated steel replaced heavy cast iron cooking utensils with modern lightweight ones and by the end of the 19th century virtually every household utensil was tin.
Early Queensland tinsmiths used tinplate, wire, solder and a few simple tools to produce utilitarian items such as downspouts, kettles and canisters. Initially they followed the pioneers to supply the needs of the miners, farmers and settlers as they journeyed to ever more remote areas.
By the mid 19th century the growing building trade saw an increase in the number of tinsmiths as well as in the scope of their products. They diversified into fittings, roof guttering, spouting and ridge capping. This work was frequently both ornamental and practical and it contributed to the distinctive character of the local architecture.
The craft of tinsmithing has now mostly disappeared. Displaced from their traditional profession by new machines and technologies, tinsmiths turned their skills to the plumbing and roofing trades and their earlier work, once so common, is now hard to find. By the late 1880s even the evocative name of the trade began to fade as tin plate gave way to galvanised iron.
This exhibition includes a collection of old tinwares from several private collections and a selection of the patterns of Graeme Gillespie, one of Brisbanes last working tinsmiths, alongside Barbara Heaths new objects. Some of these such as the candlesticks, rediscover the simple skills of tinsmithing; of bending, folding and tinning. Others, in the spirit of the whimsical tinsmithing that generated charming items such as acroteria  architectural ornament for the corners of roof guttering  are intended to delight the eye and adorn the home.
These include Hausgeisters and Hanging Crowns, imaginative protective objects for the home or garden. Both are recurring forms in Barbaras exhibition work, but they have taken a new direction in this incarnation as a result of her research into the tinsmithing trade. This exhibition also features new Japanese-inspired rain chains, downpipe substitutes that convert roof run-off into a water feature.
Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance merges the boundaries of art, craft, design and trade. Barbara delves into local history and takes the techniques and mystique of a lost craft and interprets it into contemporary form.
This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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