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.

Pair of commissioned bracelets, hollow ware © Bh 2019 – Jeweller to the Lost studio, Brisbane Friday, Mar 29 2019 

Kate Galloway’s brief to Barbara, March 2019

 A signifier of friendship. Observation of thoughtful gestures that span decades and persist in the face of life, death, troubles, and triumphs. Recognition of the value of love without judgement, and of a deep knowledge of our friends’ true selves exposed to and shared with us over time. Simultaneously an instance and an eternity, fantasy and reality, without measure. Geometries of silver. Burnished, smooth, striated. A collaboration of diversity joined by flexible anodised stainless steel cable. Dark, sturdy, industrial strength. Through our friends we see ourselves.

Friends in-the-know update their jewellery because they are continuously improving their look Wednesday, Mar 20 2019 

It pays to be able to just swing in when in town, anytime day or evening.

 

Commissions come from everywhere, anywhere – simple conversations that friends have, in earshot Wednesday, Mar 20 2019 

Barbara and Anna swim regularly at the local pool, have early coffee and do writing exercises together.

This recycled gold and gem rejig of Vicki’s wedding ring set came about over a chance, counter exchange.

My daughter’s 40th birthday gift commissioned from all her friends Thursday, Mar 7 2019 

The call came in from Andi (Andrea McDonald), “what piece of jewellery would Lil like?” Barbara was able to steer it in the right direction . . .

“Just had a quick read of your email, lovely plans! re: jewellery

https://ambersceats.com/product/teale-earrings/#.XFFGEc8zZUc

I know Lil loves this idea.. a single gold edged shell, as a pendant. She’s mentioned it a few times. I think I could make up something similar if you all like it… I’d have to find a good shell but we do have some in the collection – just have to hunt it down. What do you think?” The rest just fell into place . . .

The studio produced an 18ct yellow gold sculptured double sided mount with jump ring and small hinged gold punched disc, a far greater upgrade to the teale-earrings originally discussed. There were more presents, Lil hosted everyone for their staycation at the Calile on James Street, last Saturday night.

Happy Birthday all over again Darling . . .

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

http://designonline.org.au/20-queensland-designers-barbara-heath/

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

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.

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