The folk I missed in the last Tassie post (artists back to back) . . . Monday, Mar 25 2013 

In the very first days we arrived we hosted Dr Gael Phillips & Adelle Outteridge-Field who are both Barbara’s distant cousins – they were off to a Longford family get-together. Here we are at Punch’s place at Tunbridge, the place is now left to fall down by the Lodge family.

We also missed David and Anne Kirnke and didn’t mention folks in Oatlands we saw (Monica and Kevin) and missed (Debra and Cam).

From the Sally Wise recipe book we have in Tasmania, (from memory) ‘a year in a bottle’ – our first crop of apples made into “apple cheese” Saturday, Mar 23 2013 

Pat wants the recipe and Barb isn’t too sure about some amounts – we will figure it out


I’ve now had 5 requests for Barbara’s opening remarks at ‘The Tasmanian Landscape’ show last Friday in Hobart Friday, Mar 22 2013 

I’ve prepared an A4 sheet – download here

The next show we are participating in opens in Canberra – 6:00pm April 4 2013 at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Thursday, Mar 21 2013 

We are chuffed that our work made the invitation graphics – to our many commissioners and friends in Canberra, be there!

the larger .pdf is here to download with all the details . . .

For collection tomorrow . . . a commissioned signet ring remade with the same gold, additional gold, the same inside engraving and an updated ancestral heraldic crest Thursday, Mar 21 2013 

J. M. started with an old bookplate engraving of an 18th century ancestor (Hannibal!) but had to alter it to be correct with his own ‘registered arms’ and incorporate the motto as on his family’s ring that we started with. The iPhone movie of the melt is viewable here: This new classic style ring was made from the final ingot incorporating the new gold to bring it to the new volume required. The traditional design has an added new feature; a low bezel surround to protect the engraved surface – one that was problematic to the engraver but he triumphed in the end. Once again, an enjoyable process with a refined commissioner.

Simon’s ‘Island Dressing’ commission delivered the day we departed and presented that same day – he could’t wait for their 30th wedding anniversary date . . . Thursday, Mar 21 2013 

Caroline Lovegrove has beautiful formal © Barbara Heath commissioned pieces but Simon wanted this commission to be about ‘everyday’ wear, less formal with asymmetrical elements reminding them of their favourite place – Moreton Island. Barbara and Juan-Luis loved pulling these elements into a necklace and ring that incorporated lots of attention to unusual surface detailing. This was a total secret and we know Simon sweated over keeping the payments away from his partner’s gaze – in the end it was a super success and one the studio enjoyed immensely.

29 days in Tasmania and returned home safe and sound to a greening Brisbane Thursday, Mar 21 2013 

A break from the studio is indeed a holiday but all we do is work at our other project – the restoration of our Tunbridge shop and residence. We did a three day jaunt to Strahan via Queenstown and home north through Zeehan and Waratah where we continued our tinsmith research. Barbara and I found her Great Grandfather’s grave in the old cemetery outside the town where the Mount Bischoff tin mine was active in the 19th century. We secured ore samples, the bicentennial book on the region’s history and talked to many folk who were interested to chat tin . . .

Found two luscious early and now rare – pontypool japanned (tinned iron ware trays) for the collection.

Barbara’s second one-person show opened on the 15th March in Hobart’s Handmark Gallery to a swollen crowd who turned out to hear her well chosen words on her Tasmanian Landscape and Craig Judd’s twist on the European view of the place as witnessed by the early Hobart surveyor – J. E. Calder, as he opened the painting component of the show (as part of the 10 days on the Island festival). Many of our friends travelled to Hobart from Launceston, Ross and Oatlands to boost our Hobart friends and commissioners. Our show is selling well, Allanah managed a nice article in the Hobart Mercury on the morning of the show also.

The rest of the time we worked on the shop and in the garden while the painters prepped and painted the front and back awnings and the attached building. Kim and mal E did the carpentry repairs, a few shots below. We achieved much in a small time and managed visits to Clarendon with Warwick Oakman, Ros Palmer, cousins Sandra and Tommy, Graham Mulligan, Miles Davis-Kielar, Ray and Pat, Allan and Linda Cooper, dealers Joan at Sandy Bay, Carl at New Town and Tim at Campbell Town, Allan and Sandy Davis, Graham and Ann Hesse, Lyn and Rob Robson, the lovely Emma and Ray, our accountants from Brisbane Mary and Robert Edwards, our pal Annie the wwoofer, Joy and Kim, Joy and Kevin, Rodney & (Joey), Norman and Claire Pearce and the Tunbridge brigade. Huge thanks to Babe and ‘clock man’ Paul Jones for the loan of the diesel ute for the entire month. We missed seeing Marg and Steve Jones, Robert and Michael at Longford, Dot and Mike Evans and only managed a chat with George Burrows on the dog’nbone. Travelled and gained ‘velocity’ points with Virgin with ronE in the baggage hold. Back to 7 screaming commissions and 32 job bags on the shelf – wouldn’t be dead for quids!

I’ve posted ten big Tassie panorama shots on my Tumbr site  . . . here