Originally commissioned in 1989, this one-off designer watch is back in the studio Thursday, Feb 14 2019 

Commission: Handmade trapezoid shape case in sterling silver with applied heat coloured titanium detail. Two part watch dial of oxidised silver with gold inlay and bone. Watch has quartz movement and fitted with rubber wristband. Designed and made by Barbara Heath for Donald Holt 1989.

BACK STORY REQUESTED:

Donald Holt commissioned this piece in 1989 or 1990 …

We were friends and he had just designed the facade and interior of my second jewellery shop at Paddington, Brisbane.

His design was madly funny and so so chic … with angled columns of patinated brass and a small shop window onto the street, so tiny it was the size of a picture frame …

which became a mini gallery for a time.

Various artists made installations there with often only a loose reference to jewellery.

Thirty years later many people still remember this window … as their introduction to my work.

This was an explosively expanding time in my design practice.

At the time I was busy developing titanium sunglasses frames for Jonathan Sceats in Sydney, a range of titanium and perspex jewellery for Covers, exhibiting internationally alongside Jenny Kee, Linda Jackson etc in the Fashion Australia book by Elina Mackay for Austrade.

But I was also busy building the framework for my commission practice.

This little one-off watch is from this era – ’80’s angularity and an eclectic materials mix – antique bone with blackened silver inlaid with gold and coloured titanium.

Barbara Heath

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Happy New (Chinese) Year of the pig for 2019 – studio started back last week Thursday, Feb 7 2019 

Barbara has done 5 follow-ups, 8 quotes, 3 client meetings and 3 new stock ring waxes since starting into the studio for 2019. Her first animal repair for the year turned out smashing. A recycled bog oak pig (good luck charm) in 18ct yellow gold. Thanks Shazza at Lancasters Antiques in Toowoomba for the distressed little piggy gift.

The actual last commission for 2018 Thursday, Jan 3 2019 

. . . actually its for a friend who is doing a task for us in Tasmania so its a swap or a contra, I guess. It still makes the list and is still posted to show the world what we do. The porcelain shard was found under the floorboards at Elizabeth Street, Hobart while Ben Walker was renovating his family home. He wanted something wearable from Jeweller to the Lost for his wife and daughter. We cut the shard in two, the top one for Maddy as the grounded one and the boat for Hollie, the soon to be free one.

Textured tab set silver, stainless steel double pin, handmade by © Barbara Heath 2018

 

Finished for a (private) client in Sydney and to be posted tonight Friday, Dec 14 2018 

Articulated long drop earrings © Bh with handmade star wire chain and rub over settings, chisel set with her gems 18ct yellow gold

2005 sculptured gold ring with Annette’s family diamonds back to the studio Friday, Dec 14 2018 

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A very early carved ring by Barbara, I’m surprised how many pieces (commissions) escaped without photo documentation. This is from 2005 and is listed in the ‘commissions-the lot’ list. So reminds me of early Han Chinese carving, clouds & spirits working their magic. Settings checked and the usual clean . . .

Earrings recreated from Kathy’s older but very successful pair, or should I say “much loved” Tuesday, Nov 27 2018 

Earrings (to be worn either way): rub-over set gem stud with removable beaded jacket design. 18ct yellow gold post and butterfly fittings. 10x7mm Rubellites pear cuts 2=3.99 cts Mexican fire Opal faceted beads 10=8 cts.

Old & new styles being made for studio sale 2018 Tuesday, Nov 27 2018 

This ©puffstyle profile was developed for a recent commission and has been altered further to accommodate an offset high bezel, hammer set with a lovely class A aquamarine cabochon. 925 silver and 18ct yellow gold, available at the studio sale Dec 8 and 9, 2018.

Another ©lacebox ring in 18ct yellow gold with Barbara’s white enamel fusion, set with a perfect colour Ceylon sapphire, available at the studio sale Dec 8 and 9, 2018.

+ 5 more Zavelsky family commissions Saturday, Nov 10 2018 

I prefer Barbara’s pic below:

© Bh – Rebecca Zavelsky ‘Five Ring Gem Stack’ – Set of rings with family gems; Emerald cut diamond 1=0.37ct rub-over setting and fine square section band 18ct white gold. Old cut diamond 1=0.50ct rub-over setting 18ct white gold fine round section 18ct rose gold band, marquise cut ruby 1=0.11ct rub-over setting and fine round section band 18ct rose gold, round faceted emerald 1=0.22ct rub-over setting and fine square section band 18ct yellow gold, round brilliant cut diamond 1=0.08ct in pavé flower 18ct white gold setting with surround of x4 rubies 4=0.09ct and one tiny diamond 0.01ct and band of round section 18ct white gold. As per sketch and discussion. Size T.

The job description is all we need here Saturday, Nov 10 2018 

© Bh – Elan Zavelsky ‘The Fools Desire’ Ring – Mokumé Gane billet of 18ct yellow gold, Shakudo and 925 Silver as a broad band14mm wide at top tapers to 12mm at back. Ring has family diamonds; old mine cut diamond 4.6 x  4.9mm 1=0.55ct set to inside of band and small single cut 1.4mm 1=0.02ct set to outside of band. Raw worked finish as discussed. Size W. #jewellertothelost

This year has seen one ‘Love Token’ after another commissioned by repeat clients (and friends) Thursday, Nov 1 2018 

Joe Blaszczyk Anniversary ‘Love Token’ necklace for Marg, offset linkage components ebony platinum pearl and emerald pendant. This is one of the two hero jobs featured on our 2018 review which is being printed now and in the mail to commission clients in time for the end of year studio sale.

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