The studio creates © Bh ‘sautoirs’ quite often, they dash out of the place quickly Saturday, May 16 2020 

When client’s commission them they are filled with sentiment and extra meaning . . . Megan’s one is meant to be worn long but it looked terrific doubled when she tried it on. I’ve prepared two details (cause I can) – enjoy everyone . . .

© Bh Commission Megan Huppert – Lariat. 110cm Long necklace of one half 10mm round matt onyx and other half 8mm round polished onyx beads all on knotted silk thread. Beads slide through Textured C ring which has Megan’s emerald cut citrine in partial rub-over setting. Lariat terminates in pendant with Megan’s x 2 boulder opals each in four claw settings with open backs and x 3 peridots in pavé style settings one set onto pendant loop and two adjacent to opals. Design as per layout. Handmade in 925 Silver.

 

Two antique carved bone objects given the treatment by © Jeweller to the Lost Friday, May 1 2020 

Formally a brooch sold by Warwick Oakman in Richmond, Tasmania – now owned by Sharon at Lancasters Antiques in Toowoomba, Shazzie asked Barb if she could turn it into a wearable pendant. Barbara pointed out that she had a similar one from Michael & Vanessa at Michael Allen Antiques at Stanley Street East, in Brisbane.

They hatched a plan back in August 2019 and its taken this long to find half a day to devote to their own stuff . . . “make a large bail attach to a cut out shape with flat claws, find and cut out an oval pearl shell backing, oxidised the silver and mount and set”

Barbara’s own bone piece was complex enough, we just oxidised the backing . . .

Anytime is a good time for an ‘upgrade’ . . . marking significant life events makes sense Friday, Apr 24 2020 

Janet Gibson is one of our long-time ‘serial offenders’. Her request was to check over both her Lariat and Signature Bracelet and add some . . . oomph elements to both.

Jeweller to the Lost re-creating winners from the past for wholesale studio sales Thursday, Apr 2 2020 

© Bh Articulated long drop chainmesh earrings, handmade in Shakudo with paper die texture and 925 Silver links with long hooks – one pair available from studio

10cm Length . . . NB – take note that the Shakudo will oxidise into a beautiful darker shade over time.

Wholesale inclGST =A$600.00

 

© Bh Articulated long drop chainmesh earrings, handmade in 18ct bi-metal with paper die texture and 925 Silver links with long hooks. 10cm length (one only shown above) one pair available from studio

Wholesale inclGST =A$660.00

Wedding anniversary for Mary Sheehan – commissioned brooch with family keepsake Thursday, Dec 19 2019 

Lattice brooch with double layer of etched stainless steel 50mm square. Brooch has a Roman coin showing Athena/Owl held in four claw central setting with single 3.5mm natural Burma Ruby, set to upper lattice layer. Double pin fitting. 925 oxidised Silver frame.

An exciting commission for a Sydney client – recycle her gems for a pendant to fit her pearl necklace Wednesday, Oct 9 2019 

© Bh – 2019 Commissioned gem pendant/enhancer using Trisha’s own gems, opal, emeralds and sapphires – Eighteen pavé set gems into a textured surface, bail has a safety clasp to fit Trisha’s set of white 6.5mm to 7mm pearls, in 925 silver.

We have gifted an exhibition piece – © Bh ‘double grid’ stainless steel and oxidised silver Brooch to this fund-raiser event Monday, Oct 7 2019 

Wonderful clients and friends – the Ryan (extended family’s) event. Coming up in 10 days time, make a note and book a table – extensive auction planned! Louise came and selected this brooch from our own private collection. Louise also had Barbara clean and prepare a retail replacement valuation for one of her rings she is giving away to the event – a worthy cause, we wish them well.

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.

 

 

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.

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