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 John Coslovich.

Our first three pieces for Barbara’s next Tasmanian show are finished and we supplied the gallery with the advanced material today Thursday, Apr 2 2015 

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We are indebted to Warwick Oakman who gave Barbara the book on Tasmanian butterflies for Christmas last year. Our friends at Woodbury, the Coopers who are shard mad and have so much found pottery it puts us to shame. Alan was also a butterfly collector as a boy under the Bow Bells in London. Andy O’Brien has also assisted us in our hoovering shards from his neck of the woods. Please put the date into the diary . . .

 

Hobart’s Handmark Gallery – their new web presence is being updated each week – Barbara’s new image and bio is up today Thursday, Mar 26 2015 

We are represented in Hobart and Evandale by Alannah Dopson and her team. Retail jewellery and small sculpture stock at both locations and on-line with commissions managed by both outlet managers. We have shown there since 2009 and have built a steady following including many ‘Makers Mark’ clients from Melbourne who venture down now that the gallery has closed. Here is the direct link to Barbara Heath.

Our annual ‘Jeweller to the Lost’ commissioners + friends, two day studio sale starts tomorrow at 10:00am Friday, Dec 5 2014 

Special makes, stock returned from retailers, some vintage 80’s and 90’s Barbara items, some gem fiends only concentrate on gem stock – everything at wholesale and less until the studio closes for the summer break. This annual event helps us clear the stock trays and assists new year metal and gem purchases, it also enables collectors and fans to stock up on another signature piece while others are here for three or more well-priced gifts.

Additional pic selection: – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8

Barbara’s best foot forward last weekend at QAG|GOMA Christmas Market Monday, Dec 1 2014 

We take our own Georgian dropside table and a glass fronted display cabinet just to separate us from the other market sellers with their stall tables and black tablecloths. A day of standing as waves of visitors sweep past for a gander and sometimes a chat, often a try on and a nice lot of sales. We meet so many QAG customers – all regulars at our showcase there, gallery guides who are commission clients and many old faces appeared this year out of the blue.

A late afternoon shot just prior to bump out – Iza and Peter from QAG Gallery store with Dean and Gary, who can never drag himself away from the goodies . . . one sale down and next weekend is the studio sale running all day Sat and Sun for commission clients and their friends.

Here is the ‘mud map’ of all stall holders for tomorrow’s GOMA Christmas Market – from 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday 29th November 2014 Friday, Nov 28 2014 

This is the correct compass orientation – note that the coffee cart will not be beside us tomorrow, blast!  The weather map indicates showers but at least yesterday’s massive storm-cell has passed over us . . . rain, hail or shine we will be there to greet you.

We hope to see you this coming Saturday on the lawn in front of the GOMA bookshop and entrance – the first of our two sales for the end of the year Tuesday, Nov 25 2014 

Stocks from our QAG showcase inside marked down and sold outside for one day only . . . then onto our own studio sale for commission clients and their friends the following weekend, December 6 and 7 2014. We hope to see you at one of the events, this season!

2014 commissioners powerpoint as a download Saturday, Nov 15 2014 

The viewersite.wordpress.com <pages> ) top left column – have all been updated

 

Place and Adornment – A history of contemporary jewellery in Australia and New Zealand Saturday, Nov 8 2014 

This well researched and much anticipated book is now available to everyone interested in the subject, across the divide from both directions. I’ve altered the cover of the book shot to show that the magic is out-of-the-box.

Barbara’s email to Kevin has been copied into this post, below. Published by Bateman ISBN – 978 1 869 53 820 0

Hi Kevin, Wow! really.” “I have been dipping in and out of this book – it would be curious to map a trail of my exploration…I started at the beginning of course, no that’s not quite true, of course I started by looking up my name in the index to hastily read the section on myself – an act which in itself reveals the enormity of your project from the outset – i.e. the number of artist egos you must have had to negotiate to gather all this material together. That fact alone is extraordinary and I/we all thank you for it. Anyway after finding my own story succinctly told and enjoying the subsequent wave of warm inclusion, I went to the pages on Ray Norman, my friend and mentor. I have had so many conversations with Ray and so often thought, ‘I must write this down’, so I loved reading about his early years couched within your overview of the context within which he was working. Here was both a revelation and a re-iteration of the familiar – I felt gratitude again for details recorded. Praise the archivist.” “But also I began to get a sense of this quality of dispassionate overview; the placing, recording and grouping, the timeline and the larger cultural themes. Its like having a key to unlock the story of one’s own category…the fascination of looking through the other end of the telescope.” “So then I focussed on the Australian segments and thought , mmm maybe I’ll read the NZ parts later… but quite quickly (good plan to have each section flow back and forth across the ditch seamlessly) I got hooked into the whole. So…I am hooked and enjoying the ride tremendously – and wanted to let you know sooner rather than wait until I get to the end.” “I hope you are both receiving mountains of praise for what we know to be a considerable amount of labour. More in due course,” “Cheers and love from Barbara”

Kevin adds that he has started another blog to post all the material taken from texts prepared but not included in the final published work + updates – http://placeandadornment.tumblr.com

 

We are finding it hard to make new stock for retailers Wednesday, Oct 29 2014 

. . . as multiple commission requests and a large public art project have taken up almost all the time and energy available. Nevertheless the studio still manages to recreate some of our ‘heroes’ when we lose them to customers, this new Mother of Pearl dress ring has just been handed to me to scan and cost for consignment. With our annual ‘studio sale’ planned for the first weekend in December I know that this ring will not be going anywhere until the sale.

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