© Bh designs shared with clients recently Saturday, May 4 2019 

 

Also, no posts since April 16th – we have been planning Sydney material to showcase at ‘artisans in the garden’ Oct 2019 Sydney Botanic Gardens 

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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.

 

 

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.

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.

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

The latest ring for a true devotee, collected yesterday Friday, Nov 2 2018 

Colin Forrest to Ann Harper – superb Burma rubies baguette diamonds sculpted 18ct yellow gold and white enamel fusion to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary and Ann’s 60th birthday © Bh 2018 + design options

 

Two separate friends, both clients sent Anne-Marie to us Tuesday, Oct 9 2018 

Out tumbled all this jewellery and gems – it was all reviewed, gem stones unset and the gold sold. Then client and jeweller sat down to plan a new use for the favoured things – one big ring . . .

© Bh – Commission Anne-Marie Halton. Wide low rounded band 20mm at top tapering to 8.5mm at back and set with Anne-Marie’s gems three larger diamonds 1=0.57ct, 1=0.13cts, 1=0.14cts, x 6 small rubies 6=0.17cts and x2 small diamonds 2=0.02cts plus x1 large cabochon cut star ruby 1=3.62ct. The four larger gems in rubover settings and the remainder hammer set. Design as per discussion. 18ct yellow gold, Size P. Matt and burnished finish.

 

 

Britt Owens’ textured saddle ring back for a re-size and settings check Tuesday, Sep 25 2018 

The studio photography doesn’t show the cabochon ruby’s six-rayed star asterism because of the scanner’s band of travelling lights but these three gems are all firmly set in protective settings and wearable again.

Cameron turned up via a lovely client’s recommendation Tuesday, Sep 25 2018 

He had already done his research on our blog – his likes were: “Leigh Phillips’ ruby & diamond ring” and “Murray Mitchell’s swirly metal & gem ring” . . . great! He wanted “delicate proportions” “18ct palladium white gold” “use the two family sapphires” & we supplied an aquamarine, a diamond and another sapphire. It was so surprising, Cameron before looking at the finished ring took the box and formally proposed to Catherine right there in the studio! Shrieks all round . . . lovely happy outcome.

 

Fantastic double ring set using recycled gems and stories Tuesday, Sep 25 2018 

Many ways of wearing together, Flea won the diamond at a function, gifted amber and sapphires from her Mother and Mother in Law. We love creative ladies who come to the studio and “just do it” . . .

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