Barbara’s textured “S” clasp and wrap-around Shakudo settings on our client’s own Ambers and black Resin beads Thursday, Mar 23 2017 

 

Art deco elements recycled into new wearable pendant by Jeweller to the Lost Thursday, Mar 23 2017 

The Barker family women all colluded with Barbara to divide up family pieces, recycle elements and work together to ramp-up the wearability of the things that survived the review. Here is Ruth’s new pendant as constructed in four parts:

Week two back at the studio, I have multiple small tasks getting found items into the stock mix as Barbara and Juan-Luis are straight into the Barker family’s multiple briefs. Tuesday, Mar 14 2017 

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Beach finds, gifts from friends and finds from stalls and shops throughout Tasmania going into our resource to be sold and re-cycled. Commission clients bring their ideas, precursors and work through the brief process with Barbara Heath. We have a collection of gems & small antiques that usually fit their concepts – we also source and supply at wholesale elements to compliment client’s concepts. Studio appointments, call +61 7 3856 2269 (Brisbane, Australia). Internet requests are quite the norm <barby@co-opones.to>

Joy and sadness Thursday, Mar 9 2017 

“Baby in the Bath” is a birth marker that Barbara and I collaborated on in the mid 1980s. There were numerous commissions, all from friends and clients – this one was made for the Landon family for the birth of their son Theo in 1988. Steve Landon was a superb typographer who ran the tight Brisbane outlet of a Sydney firm called Typefounders. While on our Christmas break I had a FB message from Theo to say Steve had sadly passed away and this little marker had surfaced. I asked that he send it to the studio and we would clean and document it again. Remo Guiffré from the famous Remo store in Sydney commissioned another slightly different version for his store, this spread “Baby in the Bath”further into the world . . . and we still make these to order today.

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The bronze cast baby arrives into the world with a pink or blue anodised aluminium splash, the -place -time -date -weight and -baby’s name is hand punched into the patinated bronze base. © Jeweller to the Lost/Australia.

Back in the studio for the first day in 2017 – but where do I start? Monday, Mar 6 2017 

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Our 30th anniversary was celebrated on December 16th 2016 at an evening bash for another occasion – Tim & Rhana’s Xmas doo at the “Bears”. Thanks Tim Gruchy for the impromptu pic . . .

Some of Heather’s diamonds and pearls re-cycled for her daughter Kate Friday, Dec 30 2016 

We call this style – Gem Jumbles, just a real crafty way to use the material in their original settings © Bh 2016

Studio closed until early March 2017 Tuesday, Dec 20 2016 

The house sitters arrive this evening and we depart early tomorrow. Everything is cleaned, steel tools oiled, all the plant is powered down, sealed and locked tight. We take this opportunity to thank suppliers, clients and workers who have collaborated with us in 2016 – by far our most successful year in the history of Jeweller to the Lost.

The last commission for 2016 went to its owner last Saturday Tuesday, Dec 20 2016 

The studio valuation was prepared today and posted in the mail. We suggest clients slice open the envelope and keep it with the paperwork enclosed, the date of postage is another proof of identity and ownership.

© Bh Commission P.E. for R. – Ring, low rounded profile band has chisel textured finish and set with Rachael’s own diamond 1=0.60ct and additional 11 x diamonds; 3x square emerald cut, 5 x round brilliant cut, 1 x tapered baguette, 1x baguette (11=0.31 cts F-G Vs) and 1 x round brilliant cut Tanzanite 1= 0.35ct pavé set to upper half. Band tapers to back of finger. Platinum. Size M1/2

 

Our next commission for a long-time collaborator in Melbourne Tuesday, Dec 20 2016 

It is marvellous when people stalk our new commissions on the blog and want something similar . . . but their own gem blend: © Bh Commission Lace dish earrings for (name withheld); Organic design has pair of irregular oval slightly concave forms in black oxidised 925 Silver set with eight pear cut emeralds (hydro thermal) 8=1.56ct, eight round brilliant Russian cut Diamonds J/K SI2 8=0.64ct and two Tanzanite 3.5mm. Black central gem set part is oxidised 925 Silver bordered with 9ct yellow gold edge. Handmade hinged 9ct yelow gold hook fittings with 925 Oxidised silver safety catch. Dimensions approx 15 x 22mm

Here is the powerpoint I prepared for the curator; Elizabeth Bates in 2005 after she invited me to fill the ‘study drawers’ at the Museum of Brisbane Tuesday, Dec 6 2016 

My ephemera collection (and associated memory) was given a super public display of affection at the time . . . and then yesterday Jo Hoban from thedesignfiles visited the studio fleshing out her cover story on 1) our home, 2) our studio and 3) our working collaborations – soon to be featured. Jo wondered, like I have often mused – why more opportunities are not forthcoming to show off lost pieces of personal history. At least one more visitor has mined my archive. The powerpoint is downloadable – here.

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