A reminder for 2015 mid-year studio sale tomorrow Friday, Jun 19 2015 

Andrea Higgins shot us together in a series for “Sufferance” at the State Library of Queensland back in 2005 where we showed our stainless steel artist book.

Classic © Bh pieces from the past, returned baubles from retailers and new work can be purchased Saturday June 20 from the garden studio 9:00am to 5:00pm. This is one of two sales we run per year and the one tomorrow is invitation per social media and our client’s email spread only. Our yearly report to commissioners and the usual snail mail invite will appear for our December sale . . . hope to welcome client’s and their friends tomorrow.

Five images from last Friday’s “stories in small spaces” opening Tuesday, Jun 9 2015 

above) Liana Heath; who opened the show – Artisan’s CEO, with artists – (myself) mal E, Adele & Wim from Studio West End. b) Barbara Heath – with Lucy Bligh and Chris Bligh. c) Artists and collectors of both our work; Dr Gael Phillips, Nina Drake and Lynn French. d) Artists – Graham Bligh, Geoff Thompson and Caroline Fewtrell. e) Another person we admire who we hadn’t seen for ages, Rachel Apelt: artist, psychotherapist and ‘cultural, historical and environmental consultant’ at the Brisbane City Council.

The same day that the previous commission was collected from the studio we received excited texts from Freemantle in Western Australia – two more commissions were collected at the post office, there. Tuesday, Jun 9 2015 

1) Barbara’s © Bar and Ring clasp is such a successful solution to stringing pearls and beads . . . worn to the front as a statement. Susan’s favourite oval moonstone set in an Argentium rub over setting and her Mother’s Akoya pearl strand reduced to a choker length, knotted and restrung.

2) Little finger signet ring set with a single old cut diamond from Susan’s Great-Grandfather. Design has the diamond set low, in an oval textured cartouche on a new style reeded band in 18ct palladium white gold.

Wendy’s two rings + Nigel’s interlocking set © Bh 2015 + two older style links Saturday, Jun 6 2015 

Platinum wedding band, double leaf lattice with Rubies.

Interlocking squares & circles, newer low version.

Visitors to the studio wishing to commission have two resources to use at the brief stage – our viewable records of makes and styles are all on the blog which are used night and day by people all over the world, the two below which were precursors for the rings above. The other resource we use are the three boxes full of silver models that show bands, settings and styles. These are used by Wendy George & Nigel Wilson during their meetings with Barbara to envisage their wedding ring commission. I hadn’t met them until the handover ceremony, I sit behind a wall (unseen) and listen intently as objects are viewed, tried on and I hear all the accompanying excited reactions by folk as they receive their loaded jewels. Wendy & Nigel were just so thrilled I have to add, especially as he isn’t a ring wearer, he says . . .

Just priced these to sell out at our mid-year studio sale – June 20, 2015 Wednesday, May 27 2015 

Solid sterling silver hand forged neck rings © Bh (with 18ct yellow gold detail) Two smaller ones are hammered only while some larger ones are hammered with raised details.

One of our favourite clients has a Danish version of this that she says works-a-treat and has asked Barbara to make a more “jazzie version” just for her. When it worked so well she suggested Barbara make five more to share the Love . . .

 

Barbara’s next Tasmanian show will open June 26, 2015 at Handmark Gallery in Hobart Monday, May 25 2015 

Just an advanced notice and the last June date we want you to drop into your diary. The studio is on track to finish all the makes by this Friday, then I have some time to complete all the imaging, pricing and documentation. The entire series of rings, pendants, necklaces and brooches are all featuring ‘porcelain shards’ found on and around our property in Tunbridge, Tasmania. This should not come as a surprise as Barbara has used found elements as the set “gems” in works since the mid – nineteen eighties. Buttons, beads, glass, wood, steel, other jewellery have all been recycled and incorporated but this show is purely Tasmanian based with antique relics which the earth has given up to us.

Elements from our range of high carat and unique gem stone jewellery from numerous © Bh ‘styles’ are also showing in our cabinets at Hobart and Evandale and via the Handmark web.

Our favourite ‘Francophile’ commissioned this for her Ruby and Barbara responded with a nod to her favourite French designer – Jean Fouquet Wednesday, Apr 22 2015 

Her own gold melted and reused, the band cast in studio and the two top components constructed and attached. The rub over setting for oval faceted Ruby was recessed and the flat topped band finished with polished and matt surfaces. On reading the brief notes, Barbara has written (assymmetry, off-beat, off-set gem, bar across and angled). No further design dialogue, our client said “just make it”. Having made so many things for her, we knew the size and her aesthetic.

An email was received on the 3rd of April 2015 – we sent the pendant to Sydney last night, 22nd April 2015 Wednesday, Apr 22 2015 

No task to large or small . . .

“I am looking for a moon and stars pendant in silver to remember my Mum . . . and I am having no luck! A friend of ours has one of your lovely bracelets and last weekend I was in the Art Gallery shop in Brisbane and I saw some of your jewellery and I wondered if you have something like this available? I’m afraid I couldn’t afford to commission – anything large so sorry if I am wasting your time.” “I would like something similar to the photo enclosed – in theme but doesn’t have to be in style – in silver. I understand if this is not something you would like to – or do – take on. Thank you for your time and have a nice Easter.”

We were happy to comply with instructions, exchanged more emails and quote. The end result was created at studio wholesale – Cresent moon pendant as image supplied – diamond eye in Argentium 935 Silver with polished finish to fit the chain (supplied).

Trisha’s new © Bh ‘Bib Necklace’ was delivered last Friday afternoon – celebrated with a glass of Pinot Grigio as Barb told me when she arrived home Tuesday, Apr 21 2015 

Did you miss the previous post on this design, full details – click here

This is all hand fabricated from the new 935 Argentium Silver that resists tarnishing, three shaped segments with sections highly polished and oxidised. Gems set in raised constructed settings with over-the-lobe © Bh Earrings that have clip on fittings. They texted a photo as Trisha tried it on, wonderful client and another first for the studio team . . .

This is a three page article from 1985, written by Roz MacAllan and published in Craft Arts. Tuesday, Apr 7 2015 

The .pdf is downloadable here. We recently found this article amongst the papers of John Watermann. “Barbara Heath’s solid technical training as a production jeweller, coupled with her fascination and absorption of “street fashion” and other influences, enables her to create jewellery which, paradoxically, is both a shock to the senses and elegantly wearable.” Text by Roz MacAllan, photography by Stuart Collins. Jump suit by Anna Bourke for ‘atomic workshop’ and graphic design by Empire Graphics.

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