Linda Nothdurft (nee Mehan) has just floated out of the studio with two commissioned rings as anchors, we are just so chuffed for her Saturday, May 5 2012 

The previous ring concept post mentioned her ceramic, painted dog button. Linda had thought about asking Barbara if she could have her own dog ring for as long as we have known her. Linda was the commercial manager of the Gallery Store for 12 years so has overseen our retail operation at the Queensland Art Gallery for all that time. She has really great © Bh pieces already but these two recent commissions have evolved since she left that employ for her own family’s business where she has more time for studio visits.

Barbara has worn her signature fox ring since 1991. Her first 1987 version was made  in Gold and Shakudo and later she crafted the chunky pavé solid gold version with Diamonds recycled from her first Hardy Bros range. The day Linda broached the subject, Barb already knew all the elements she would further refine in this new version. The ceramic domed button required a protective watch glass and a fully sealed case made, the full bombé hollowed rim and even wider shank was finished in the same pavé chunked 18ct Yellow Gold style.

This is a found Leaf Lattice pattern, yoni multiplied (maybe this a circle graphic more suitable to ephemeral-male)? Friday, May 4 2012 

I’m not convinced the title is as worthy as it sounds but hey, this guy might be very young. He has obviously figured out something based on the holy yoni shape. A roughly coloured version is here, thanks Roman.

Owl Brooch approved today, an internet commission for a special 50th Birthday in Canberra Wednesday, May 2 2012 

An email appeared first, an old colleague of Barbara’s suggested he get in touch to commission (another owl), but Barbara’s first piece for their collection. Emails and phone calls and blog searches, the wires were running hot – concept 1concept 2 and concept 3 and a stand design featured also. Using techniques already developed, ideas incorporating Lace, Stitch and Pearl Sandwich were incorporated with the scanner and digital support from mal E. Deadline set and away we go . . .

As promised, only one day late . . . Tuesday, May 1 2012 

The new Earrings to match the new rings for MAYO, early June 2012

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