Megan saw the Zavelsky ring stack online and . . . well, got in touch. Thursday, Dec 5 2019 

Barbara worked with an excited lady who had a collection of fossiked gems from her childhood family holidays. Unusual sapphires all ‘field cut’ plus her Mother’s and Grandmother’s diamond rings to incorporate. We sold all the gold which helped the budget and Megan chose a combination of rose and white gold to suit the pastel-toned gems.

We often post the notes we receive from clients Thursday, Jul 25 2019 

Re-threading instructions written on the front from Kate Perlman’s envelope from the the Gold Coast.

New photography by Florian Groehn of our relocated public building jewel – Net 2 Wednesday, Jul 24 2019 

Text supplied by Jacqueline Armitstead: Internationally recognised designer and jeweller Barbara Heath has fashioned a large-scale building jewel. Net features repeat interlocking stainless steel links that reference the themes of networking and teamwork that operate in both nature and culture.

Net also draws upon the rich history of the site as a place of human, cultural and scientific endeavour and is evocative of fish traps and nets used by Aboriginal groups who came to hunt the abundant wildlife in the Brisbane river and its swamps and creeks.

Net was originally commissioned in 1998 for the Neville Bonner Building, Brisbane by the Department of Public Works, architects – Donovan Hill. In 2017, Net was relocated to 1 William Street, Brisbane with the assistance of building owners Cbus Property. Net forms part of the cultural heritage collection owned and managed by the Queensland Government. Fabrication and both installations were effected by G&B Stainless and engineered by Bligh Tanner, Brisbane.

Jeweller to the Lost studio busy in preparation of 90 new works for Sydney mid October 2019 show Wednesday, Jul 24 2019 

Detail for the handcut and fold-finished banksia brooches on the bench, July 2019.

‘Artisans in the Garden Exhibition’ opens Friday 18th October 2019 and Barbara is the selected jeweller for this year. Run by the Foundation & Friends of the Sydney Botanic Gardens, it showcases emerging artists and craftspeople with over 2,000 artworks including sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, hand-blown glass, textiles and so much more.

Sandy Crichton – curator <mobile: 0412 222 884> <artisans.exhibition@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au>

Our third series of enamelled Banksia Brooches will be the botanical link, with high end gems and high carat rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches and exhibition pieces.  Including the three bronze sculptures with 18ct yellow gold and large cubic zirconias shown at the “15 Artists” invitation exhibition 2017 at the Redcliffe Regional Gallery, Moreton Bay. We have kept these key works entitled: uncommon ground, back for just this type of sales opportunity.

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Private commission for one of our favourite Sydney clients and collector, dispatched yesterday Wednesday, Jul 24 2019 

Russian Art Nouveau ring to design and make as client’s directions; With V’s own faceted oval green tourmaline in rub-over setting, 2mm textured band and tapering carved gold scroll-work, set with 3x 5pt champagne diamonds and 4x 2pt champagne diamonds. 18ct yellow gold. Size P.

Remember the wonderful multiples created by Stuart Devlin? Friday, Jul 19 2019 

These three were purchased at auction by our client who requested we repair and clean them. It became obvious to us that the 1960s packaging (where they had sat all these years) was toxic and had enabled the corrosion and the patina to decay. Each object was dismantled, cleaned by chemical, washed multiple times all by  hand and reassembled. His wikipedia link.

 

Commissioned ring collected today – congratulations to everyone concerned says our very happy client Thursday, Jul 18 2019 

© Bh – Commission A. H. 2019 – Gem Pavé Ring. Handmade 18ct yellow gold ring has 16x22mm oval cartouche aligned across the finger with 15 gems chisel pavé set to the interior in 18ct palladium white gold. Gems as supplied by Andrea; x2 unusual ‘dog tooth’ sapphires, 12 diamonds including beautiful old mine cut diamonds from older family rings. Plus a pop of bright colour with a single pear cut chrome tourmaline from our gem collection.

Not so much a commission but a swap with a friend Friday, Jun 14 2019 

One of our main ‘go-to’ shops in Richmond, Tasmania is Walker & Walker (colonial antiques & campaign furniture) (home wares) (hand crafts) (books) (garden furniture) (good vibes). Ben & malE were collaborating on a table top for our pair of stamped convict made iron trestles. While we were at his house in North Hobart, Ben showed us all the things he found under the floorboards when renovating the kitchen.

Porcelain shards, beads, coins, cutlery, thimbles etc . . . we ended up taking three pieces home with us and these two brooches and mounted beads were created for Ben’s wife Maddy and daughter Hollie.

The first thing we did on our last visit was to hand over to Ben who gifted them that night. He texted back the following day “hey, great to catch up Monday, girls are over the moon and had no idea – thanks again, cheers Ben”

Brooches © Bh textured 925 Silver, tab set porcelain shards with stainless steel double pins as brooch backs 18ct yellow gold detail White Jade bead and blue glass bead set with 18ct yellow Gold beaded post and link.

Two gallery curators visit the studio on April Fools Day Friday, Apr 12 2019 

(names and gallery with-held for now) – sharing this Email we received :

“We are working on an exhibition focussed on rituals in all their forms – We are keen to hear what works you have in development and were wondering if you would be free for a studio visit sometime in the coming month?”

Yes, we all had a super meeting and Barb and I have homework to do . . .

One early 1996 show of Barbara’s was un-earthed and one that I personally think should never be forgotten.

Back in the late 1980s on my weekly visits to see Bebe Senior at her antique shop Lock Stock & Barrel, in St Lucia, Aunty Bebe showed me a beautiful solid silver salver, likely a memento from young Clarence Chafee’s college fraternity rite, adding it was quite unsaleable given the six vulgar phrases engraved on it; Drink Blood, You Give Up?, My Game, Last Call for Bloodweiser, Got 50c?, Eat Raw Meat – with each engraved in a markedly different font. Years followed and when I took up with Barbara, on another visit to Bebe & Bob MacPherson’s they gave the salver to Barb with the wish that she ‘make it into art’. That opportunity happened when Christine Plötz offered Barbara a short duration spot (18/10/96 to 23/10/96) in her James Street gallery schedule.

Using her jewellers saw, Barbara cut around each of the engraved slogans, simultaneously defining a unique shape for each to be later formed into six silver rings. The salver remained, punched void of its offending words. I loved Barbara’s installation device using ‘Heide’s’ text from Keith Leopold’s ‘Deutsche Teenager von Heute” counterposed with a sacred Sanskrit text.  So many readings are possible – on the opening night of the show I remember boys playing with the sexual inuendo theme while gay men derived Barbara had created her own set of graduated cock rings. Two additional readings came from two reviews, one by Leonie Stanford & this by Brookes & Stockwell. We retain this work.

 

 

The last five components were modelled in wax and back from casters next Tuesday Friday, Mar 29 2019 

Barbara started the week melting 18ct white gold to start the hand made star wire chain process, three days later she was hand carving the five elements to be cast and finished, some with gems to be set. We are certain that by next week’s end we will have finished this very personal replacement piece.

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