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.

 

 

We have set the dates of our studio sale for 2018 Friday, Oct 26 2018 

Here is the hero shot for our commissioner’s report

So many commissions this year are in fact, Love Tokens . . .

L: Joe Blaszczyk Anniversary ‘Love Token’ necklace for Marg, offset linkage components ebony platinum pearl emerald pendant

R: QAGOMA Foundation Next set of ‘Benefactor’s Medals’ & matching lapel pins, gold plated stainless steel and grosgrain ribbon

Saturday 8th December & Sunday 9th December 2018

Many out-of-towners send requests for pics and postal delivery so don’t feel left out!

 

Just launched – the double sided flyer for our mid year ‘handmade’ market at QAGOMA in Brisbane Tuesday, Jul 3 2018 

Please make a space in your calendar – our stock is returned from retailers and marked down to wholesale and under all day Saturday 28th July 2018 from 9:00am to 4:00pm We are at out usual spot on the far left under the awning – do please join us for this memorable event, more importantly be early to snap up a © Barbara Heath make. We supply a retail replacement valuation at full price also, just ask us.

The first of three new large oval style necklaces © Bh for the mid-year sales Friday, Jun 22 2018 

Bh – Necklace hand made large oval bead & paper die wire links 925 silver 18ct yellow gold ovals with loop clasp

Thanks for asking, here is the other small sculpture Tuesday, Jun 12 2018 

Here is a screen snapshot from the Handmark Gallery website from 2014 showing the exhibition detail: (confirming that this is now in our permanent collection – Jeweller to the Lost, Brisbane, Australia).

 

Four days post the 2017 studio sale we are still selling as people call and email the studio Thursday, Dec 14 2017 

We have experienced our ‘best’ ever studio sale this year – in fact, this year I have only had 5 postal invites returned from our snail mail commissioner’s report. It does show how dedicated our customers are . . . it does also reflect on our seriously considered price points. It also shows that contemporary wearable design, generous amounts of high carat metal and our championing of real gems sets us apart from the easy-to-buy disposable high street market.

MERRY CHRISTMAS & A SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON . . .

Studio closes on the 20th December and we will reopen around the end of February 2018.

The 2017 commissioner’s report and studio sale invite went out snail-mail to our clients in the last three days Wednesday, Nov 29 2017 

We have prepared these personal reports since 1989 and each client is mentioned in the ‘commissioner’s list – the lot’ which is the second link down in the blog links. The downloadable .pdf is here

Please make a note of the dates SAT DEC 9 and SUN DEC 10 2017

New earring stock, three styles ready with much more to come for Studio Sale early December 2017 Friday, Nov 3 2017 

Jeweller to the Lost – Barbara Heath (new) Earrings ‘cloud’ style 9ct yellow Gold hooks

Jeweller to the Lost – Barbara Heath (new) Earrings textured ‘scroll’ style 9ct yellow Gold round brilliant cut Diamonds F-G Si hooks

Jeweller to the Lost – Barbara Heath (new) Earrings ‘impression’ style Athena pink/purple Sapphires hooks

We will be sending out the commissioner’s report with the studio invite on November 27 . . . make a note in your diary, December 9 & 10 are the studio sale dates!

 

 

Week’s end (financial year end) and the last four new makes are here to scan and price Friday, Jun 30 2017 

Solid textured oxidised silver bangles, with 9ct sections ready for next weekend’s ‘Winter Design Market’ at QAGOMA. To be sold wholesale at our stand, with a large selection of our stock removed from our Queensland Art Gallery showcase so be there early, lots of others will be there also! These are from our new style ‘impressions’ to be launched next Saturday 8th July 2017 . . . #jewellertothelost

The invite arrived end of March 2017, we started 26th of April and finished the 26th of June 2017 Tuesday, Jun 27 2017 

Re: x15 artists exhibition 2017 at the Redcliffe Art Gallery from 2nd September to the 28th October 2017. This invitation show is an annual acquisitive award developed to enhance the Moreton Bay Regional Art Collection and exhibition program. We can only show a detail of Barbara’s work created and submitted yesterday.

Artwork Statement: Uncommon Ground – Consider the ground beneath us as a living entity, a witness to the cycles of deep geologic time as much as a cache for private memory and layered cultural histories. How shall we read this entity, this living crust which is both perilously vulnerable and fiercely ineradicable? Barbara Heath June 2017.

Artist Statement: My work as an artist stems from a 40 year studio practice as a jeweller. The intimate and collaborative nature of making meaningful objects that articulate personal stories at a human scale has brought me close to people as they seek the right object to witness the depths of their emotions. In work that crosses from human to a larger scale, I find similar histories and symbolism as these narratives expand to scope ideas of place and of a collective history. Recurring themes drawn from our Queensland vernacular architectural detail explore light and shadow, transition and passage. While research into Queensland’s colonial artisans has pursued threads of continuity, belonging and inheritance. Recent works which reference women’s gardens, dreams and imaginary landscapes are revealing deeper reflections on place and continuity. Barbara Heath 2017.

Recent work concerned with our relationship to nature; (1) Land Race 2012 looked at the social histories held within heritage seed varieties now at risk of being displaced by International Seed Uniformity Standards. ‘Life in your hands’ Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW – National Tour to 2013. Collection: Horsham Regional Gallery, Victoria. (2) Maisie’s Garden 2013 (in collaboration with Marian Drew) explored ideas drawn from the territory of remembered and historical domestic Queensland gardens. ‘Silver’ exhibition, Museum of Brisbane. (3) New Nature 2016 – describes a dreamlike, remembered or future plant scape to propose a sensory openness to flora as integral to the formation of a sense of place. x3 suspended sculptures. I William Street, Brisbane. Cbus Property in association with Woods Bagot, BM Constructions & Armitstead Consulting, Bligh Tanner and G&B Stainless. Photo (3) supplied by Cbus Property, with thanks to the photographer – Florian Groehn.

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