Wonderful short break – headed south but not to Tasmania retreat yet . . . Saturday, Dec 29 2012 

The other side of the entrance to the Bacon show, we loved it. The AGNSW show was pretty well the *John Russell viewpoint, to me – but that was my first view of Bacon’s work (until the first time I viewed them at the Tate). I hated the glass over the canvas, understandable but regrettable. Tony Bond’s video clip was a treat, especially his ‘void’ comments/observations. I have always loved Bacon’s constructed grounds, the doorways and the flat panels behind the figures, *Thames and Hudson published John Russell’s work on Bacon in 1971 which I read at the time. Alas the reproductions were so small but the friendships, the precursors, the sitters, the lovers were all recorded in his detailed chronology. Amongst John Waterman’s library was a new copy of ‘7 Reece Mews’ – Francis Bacon’s Studio published in 2001 by Thames and Hudson and penned by John Edward’s – the sole heir to the booty, since gifted and spirited away to Dublin.

yep, no photography allowed – my movie of the day – HERE

Those Kaldor works are all wonderful, Jeff Koons and mal E and Bh

Playing around at Bruce McLeod’s shop in South Dowling Street, the three of us surprised him – he is my good friend and life-long dealer in special objects. Just celebrated his 83rd birthday.

Back at the Boulevarde where I stayed 1979–1984 while working with David and Leo at SSB

2012 celebrations are over but I have been thinking of all the jewellery, recently exchanged that we have made Saturday, Dec 29 2012 

Boxing day pic at my sister’s place with the Enright side of the family Tuesday, Dec 25 2012 

Thank you to everyone who made our 26th annual studio sale the biggest ever Friday, Dec 21 2012 

The first Barbara Heath studio sale took place in the Brisbane Arcade, then those lovely pop-up windows each year at Paddington. I remember windows by Donald Holt, Rhana Devenport, John Nelson and the ones Barbara and I did together (see below).  This year the French cabinet popped up just in time to be filled with gems and special makes. Internet sales are up also with clients requesting shots of trays to be emailed for perusal, we sent items off  to Tasmania, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney this year. Studio starts back on Tuesday January 1 2013 when we start work on the next Handmark Gallery show planned for early March 2013.

Also thanks for the emailed cards received, the written reports (lots more people are doing these) and Christmas cards in the mail (again many more handmade items this year as well). Safe travels, small portions and we are waiting for the two vintage 2002 bottles of Pol Roger that Lil has ordered for Christmas lunch!

Two pierced 18th century creamware lots from the Bonhams (London) Tom Walford collection that we were interested in Wednesday, Dec 19 2012 

The top shot of Lot 116 – A collection of seven egg drainers 1775–1790 – SOLD for £937 Six in creamware, the other in pearlware with a blue rim, each pierced with a different geometric pattern, the handles either moulded as scallop shells or applied loops of ropetwist, 8.8cm to 9.8cm wide (some with fine cracks or chips) (7)

Lot 117 – Three creamware drainers and a hot water plate, circa 1785-95 – SOLD for £750 All with intricate pierced patterns, comprising a Wedgwood drainer of circular form with a blue line border with black gadrooning, 31cm diam, impressed WEDGWOOD, P, incised numerals, two drainers of oval form, 33.8cm diam and 25.1cm diam the meat plate with a hollow interior pierced with a slit for filling with water, with a scroll work rim,24.3cm diam (4)

Next thing we know – the Muzda aka Ray Norman will be onto me to post this on collect eleven

We both had a day off strolling the CBD and bumped into our ‘a tree a rock a cloud’ sculpture Thursday, Dec 13 2012 

It was our 19th wedding anniversary so we treated ourselves to a day in town . . . a 16th floor suite at the Stamford Plaza for the evening and free to hoof it around the place with the vehicle parked underground. 11:00am checkin and we were on our way for coffee at “one-eleven” Eagle Street and also to book lunch at 2:00pm with Brad. Right opposite is Barbara’s gold plated titanium and stainless steel sculpture entitled – ‘a tree a rock a cloud’ from 2000 where I snapped the shot above. Next we swung up creek street to adelaide and visited Ken Penfold to see the latest estate jewellery on offer (only he had customers) and next door to ‘children of the revolution’, Barbara’s fave shoe shop. Up to the third floor of David Jones to the crookery dept where we swooped on more pieces of Jasper Conran’s “kilim pattern” by Wedgewood as it was a wednesday one day special . . . ground floor to the perfume department – Balenciaga refill. Dashed across the mall to the Wintergarden and checked out Olive for a doggie gift. Up into the T&G arcade we love to the tea shop and over down the Elizabeth Arcade just to see the thimble-sized shops, the food joints and escaped down elizabeth to bump into Tim Hill outside Hermes (on his way to London the following day). Slipped back into one eleven for lunch – a NZ marlbrough and two meat dishes, a shared desert and while chatting up all the details of chairs and large mounted tolomeos (not to mention the gigantic 4 floor vaulted ceiling) Philip Johnson and his architect from Cox Rayner joined our table and we continue the conversation around these elements. Stroll back to the Stamford to dump parcels and a water and off up mary to Folio Books for the last hour’s shopping. A coffee with Angelos, Jennifer et al as we were smothered in visual printed drama. Jasper Conran’s ‘country’ and ‘la fomentera’ the woodland refuge of Juan Montoya were my two standouts – and  Barbara netted three new titles (including ‘the new jewellers’ by Olivier Dupon T&H). Down past Waterfront Place to the ‘river bar’ – Mr & Mrs G for a sunset cocktail (although we both had a beer), neither Marcia or Andy were there unfortunately. Back to the room to freshen up and off again to Urban – specifically The Euro which is just up around the corner on Mary. Settled into a glass of Tasmanian ‘spring vale’ pinot, two smashing small mains and another shared dessert with again, sparkling water on the side. Back to the suite to the double bath and all the iPhone massages and web browsing until lights out. Big bright morning with Barb doing her laps in the pool, a snappy pack, into the ‘caddy’ and off to east Brisbane to Egg Bistro for breakfast and a snoop into Michael Allen’s adjoining antique shop. That was celebrating 26 years together and nineteen bonded in work and living bliss . . .

See the comment Barbara made, this earlier link has the under water lighting as part of the original design and installation.

He texted “she loves it, thanks so much” then his parents texted “she said yes!” and all the family loved seeing it happen Thursday, Dec 13 2012 


Issue #63 of Object magazine is downloadable to iPad apps and via their server Monday, Dec 10 2012 

We are featured in a review of the Lake Macquarie Gallery’s travelling show entitled “life in your hands” click here. The designers selected our work as the hero and it is also covered in one of the four illustrated works, nice!

The studio is very pleased with this commission, the brief and the outcome. We are still to post the Art Monthly review by Anne Kirker, we know about it but haven’t managed to get our own copy hard against the scanner glass as yet . . . I’ve just updated this post with two earlier links to this commission and artwork as I’ve had requests for more information – final artconcept.

We are so delighted with studio sale results this year and I still have to deal with two emails from Texas Lady who is now back in the US of A Monday, Dec 10 2012 

. . .with a record commission and repair list for 2012 we have spent so much time working on client’s demands we despaired that we hadn’t given the retail range enough energy this year. Plus the fact that the three retailers don’t want to be robbed of sale opportunities (by us requesting consignment returns) but we slogged on. Thanks to so many supporters, many who just come once a year to snap up the latest makes. 37 emails in response to the mailout, 399 viewers on the blog the day before the weekend sale and now the paperwork. We are in the studio until December 21st December 2012.

Studio sale this coming Sat 8th and Sunday 9th December 2012 Monday, Dec 3 2012 

Wonderful feedback received so far, the printed invite we mailed to commission clients last week has resulted in post comments, emails and phone calls to the studio … lots of anticipation. Plus we managed to connect two old and dear friends in different continents. Jenny read through the list and emailed us to see if “young Alex” was in fact the daughter of Wendy, a client who resides in Hong Kong. So the client list is also a “friend finder” – I always knew that!  The .pdf is downloadable here.


The French cabinet was originally all-over gilt but as its c1870 – it has been painted on the exterior maybe 7 times over its lifetime.
Originally purchased in London by the Brisbane antique dealer – Michael Allen for his own house . . . it proved to be too large and then was a wee bit too small for his shop. So we managed to procure it for the Jeweller to the Lost studio. We are being forced to have more articles to show the clients who visit to arrange commissions these days although we refuse to retail from the studio. It will double as a larger studio sale showcase and joins the other three period French wall vitrines that came from South America and were sourced from Salvage, ages ago. Here is a wider pic.

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