Our breakfast with Mr George Burrows at the ‘black snake inn’ on our last visit to Tasmania was a highlight, thanks for setting this up Warwick! Friday, Sep 30 2011 

Decidedly private, warm and entertaining, a knowledgeable collector who can talk on numerous subjects around the clock face of culture both past and into the future. Barbara and I were invited to breakfast recently and could have stayed the entire day only we were returning to Brisbane the following day. With so much in common, we share numerous personal friends and industry contacts. The kitchen we ate breakfast in holds a mass of Cornish Ware – more than every bit we have ever seen in both our lifetimes, all on show, I simply had to respond and create an Inseperable for George and his kitchen – entitled ‘moving/stationary’ – a Cornish Greeting from Barb & mal E.

My little play with the black snake inn and one more shot of another of his passions . . .

First day of Spring in the southern hemisphere, tomorrow Wednesday, Aug 31 2011 

My own spring cleaning report.

Four images of a dial under reconstruction: top shot shows the circular dial removed from the movement in ‘as found’ state. 180 years of grime and finger grease, not to mention the oxidisation that has occurred to this early and quality French timepiece dial, signed Leroy A Paris. Second shot shows the dial cleaned down to what remains of the original surface, sans the paint and grime. The ‘organics’ are still present on the dial but we are down to examining the supposed engine-turned finish and what remains of the original silver flashed to the brass. The third shot shows the results of the removal of all organic residue, the results of the fine bead blast and then the 10 microns of silver plated to the front of the dial. The vector graphic dropped in as the fourth shot shows the combined layers of my artwork, now complete that will be silk screened to the silvered dial. The case repairs are completed and all that remains is to clean and service the movement.

We are doing the first of three ‘creative couples’ talks this Sunday at the QAG at 1:30pm Wednesday, May 11 2011 

Here’s the link to the public programs web:

We are in great company with our pal, Amelia Gundelach who will introduce us and ask the probing questions. The following month it will be Michael and Alison’s turn and then the month after that we will come to hear Ingrid and Adrian get grilled – all in the name of ‘art, love & life’ – Ethel Carrick and E Phillips Fox’s romance, the artists’ shared influences and passions created a partnership that blossomed in their lifetime. See ‘creative couples’ at the base of the link above for times and future dates.

A couple of personal shots from recent Tasmania visit Monday, Apr 18 2011 

Barbara and Suzanne did the 6 day Overland Track from Cradle Mountain after the recent Handmark show in Salamanca, Hobart. This is posted on Suzanne’s Flickr stream.

Janey Mac and Brett stayed a night at Tunbridge while on their band’s recent tour to Tasmania (Good Ship – Bad Ship). Image of mal E & Bretty taken on that iPhone app that everyone seems to use now (blame Justin Brown for that). This is posted on my Facebook page (and Janey Mac’s) . . .

Two Tasmanian purchases, one surprisingly from a colonial SE Queensland photographist: Tuesday, Apr 5 2011 

Ed Forster is mentioned and immortalised as an early Maryborough photographer, this mounted parlor card is inscribed with the following: “Unborn dugong calf, captured 1873. Sent to the Philidelphia Exhibition . . . in spirit and a glass case”. The other piece is a brooch which is a mounted and set, snake’s lower jaw in 9ct rose gold, maybe Australian?



19thC ‘gothic’ jug with staple repairs joins the urban_archaeology collection Monday, Mar 21 2011 

Another Tasmanian find from Warwick Oakman’s shop in Sandy Bay Road, Hobart. Now this is the stage that collecting becomes interesting – where will this piece eventually belong? In Tasmania with the growing ‘jug collection’ or in Brisbane with the other ‘china repairs’ collection. Well for the minute it resides in Brisbane while the photos are taken and this blog post is created. The potters mark on the base is in red underglaze; W with the numerals 8578, this shows it was manufactured at the Waterloo Works in Lower Charles Street, Hanley. The pewter lid is stamped T. Booth Hanley with a bright Britannia symbol – this is the give-away. Thomas Booth & Sons, Stoke-on-Trent Potters, Hanley 1872–1879. I’ve also sent pics to Andrew Baseman in NYC. Any one able to add further details please? The figures inside the 6 arches are all female and all different. Barbara thinks it shows the three graces (twice). Obviously well loved and repaired with staples, some doubled in the shape of a cross.

c1759 Meissen tea pot as found, three sides viewable Sunday, Mar 13 2011 

Dated Dresden made, Meissen ‘dot period’ – tea pot and lid. Hand painted with underglaze blue crossed swords (in Bruhel’s time 1756–1780) with centre dot. After 1750 the swords become small and delicate. I purchased this (re-do/make-do) for $95.00 from friends at Richmond Antiques in Tasmania, this summer. We are researching the spout shape, we intend to sculpt and finish in wax the missing shape. Cast in gold and fit to tea pot. I feel that the old glue repairs should be re-done and we could drill and make solid gold rivets. See what Andy thinks?

Colonial timber getter’s handicraft – cedar puzzle frame Saturday, Mar 5 2011 

The only other one I’ve seen is in the Local Historical Museum at Goondiwindi, S. E. Qld. The men carved many hundreds of the same item and hitched units together into long ‘crown of thorns’ as in the museum piece or into puzzle frames like our one pictured. This items has the fragment of fabric and original mount and ripple glass intact. Australian c1850.


One of two Australian Colonial Leather Frames found in Tasmania Monday, Feb 28 2011 

Another two for the urban_archaeology collection. Actually, I had seen this small one previously in the home of Antique dealer; Hayden Pearce (now of Willow Court Antiques, New Norfork). It was in his large fortified house at Lake Tiberius when we both visited a few years ago now for an Australia Day BBQ. When I spied it again in the lockable cabinet I snapped it up and in ‘great dealer style’ Hayden said that he had a couple more better ones – well I came back with one larger leather frame also (which is a repair job unfortunatetly). But most of the early tooled pieces were there with it in the bag, so to speak.

I will be cleaning and repairing this one first, my picture framer does a new white back, no mount and uses old ripple glass to complete the picture. Barbara and I have our bedroom walls covered in colonial hand made frames, no we haven’t started on the ceiling as yet. A downloadable pic of the wall from InsideOut Mag . . .

I’ll add a detail shot so you can see the intricate work

The second frame photo and detail.

UPDATE: 30-6-2011 – the frame cleaned up and oiled ready for the frame:

Fullers Earth, I finally found a tin for my Urban Archeaology material Friday, Feb 25 2011 

Maria Cleary tipped me into this brand, the original link is here. + here. Found in ‘The Drill Hall’ New Norkfolk, Tasmania. The product is still available, click here to buy and read all about the powder.

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