Open Studio

 

Yes, they’re silver filings on my studio bench, the result of hard work and time cutting back the rough exterior of several sterling silver cuttlefish casts. I’ve been busy preparing for my next Open Studio on the 4th & 5th October from 10am – 5pm. I’m opening my studio together with the Mornington Peninsula Studio Trail, a group of artists that open their studios to the public each year.

Please feel welcome to visit my studio in McCrae where you will see many of my beautiful pendants, necklaces, rings and earrings.  Over the weekend you can learn about the processes I use to make my stunning and distinctive works of art and see demonstrations of different techniques including cuttlefish casting on the Sunday afternoon.

For more information on the trail visit http://peninsulastudiotrail.org, or contact me directly via my contact form.

Artists share their techniques and open their studios!

Windswept beach sterling silver ring (cuttlefish cast) © Katrina Newman
‘Windswept beach’ sterling silver ring (cuttlefish cast) © Katrina Newman

It’s on again this weekend my studio is open to the public.

As part of this special event the “Peninsula Studio Trail Open Weekend‘ I will also be demonstrating the technique of cuttlefish casting on Sunday 2nd March 2014.

Expect to fill your senses with the touch of cuttlefish, the smell of gas, the heat, and the noise of the torch.  After a simple cast I can be soaking in perspiration despite wearing protective clothing including leather gloves and a leather apron made for me by a friend who witnessed the casting and immediately came to the rescue with the protective apron.

it really is very simple technique… I start by cutting the cuttlefish in half, then I carve out a basic design, join the two cuttlefish halves together with binding wire, before heating the silver in a crucible and pouring it gently into the cast.

It’s adrenalin pumping the process of filing your cuttlefish mould.  There’s the noise of the gas torch that is almost like a jet engine, the sweat that pours from my body, as it can take quite awhile to melt the silver or gold, and the moment when your nervously holding the crucible of molten metal and pouring it carefully into your cuttlefish.  I admit there have been a few misses, and with an audience on Sunday my hands are more likely to tremble than ever before.”

The result is a very rough cast.  At this stage I take the piece  to my studio bench and spend many hours cutting back the very rough finish.  I start with files and then move on to various grades of emery paper. The last stage is polishing with a tripoli and then a rouge compound to produce the final stunning quality works of art, that you see for sale in my Etsy shop and in my studio on the weekend.

My rings and pendants demonstrate a very modern approach to an ancient technique, representing both a primitive and personal response to the environment. It is no coincidence that these pieces are representative of the sea and its sands and objects that can be found on its shores.

The Peninsula Studio Trail of which I a member and recently elected President was established in 2009 as an artist’s initiative. It is a diverse and gifted group of 25 artists specializing in a range of mediums including ceramics, painting and printmaking, photography, gold and silversmithing and glass art.  Many of the artists are happy to show the techniques they use that make their art so special over the weekend. Artist’s studios are open from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday 1st & 2nd March. See http://www.peninsulastudiotrail.org for more information on the artists that are participating this weekend.

My studio is located at 69 Cinerama Crescent McCrae and will be open from 10 – 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Portsea Market in Pt Nepean National Park

Despite the heat wave that is blasting Melbourne, rest assured a glorious market day of 25 degrees can be had this weekend at the Portsea Market, Point Nepean National Park. You will find me at site 52 with a beautiful sea view (just like my studio).

Today I’ve been busy etching and cleaning beads to arrange into a few more earrings and pendants to tempt you on Sunday.

I am also pleased to announce that I can offer PayPal payments and Credit card processing to make sure you don’t miss out, though I always prefer cash.

The market is open from 10am – 3pm Sunday 19th January for more details click anywhere on this line, or visit www.craftmarkets.com.au .

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Reeming the inside of a bead to remove the bead release © K Newman

If you can’t make it you are always welcome to contact me to arrange an appointment to visit my studio.

See you Sunday!

Open Studio @ 69 Cinerama

Studio & Red Letterbox  Katrina Newman
Studio & Red Letterbox Katrina Newman

If you use visual clues like me, then these should help with directions to my studio.

You’ll find my studio open on Saturday and Sunday 7 & 8th December from 11am – 5pm at                   69 Cinerama Crescent McCrae.  Look for the fantastic bright red letterbox, it’s impossible to miss.

See you tomorrow.

Festive Party Jewellery

Festive Party Jewellery © Katrina Newman
Festive Party Jewellery © Katrina Newman

This weekend please  feel welcome to come and browse through the beautiful collection of jewellery I have made that would suit your festive season party or any other occasion.

See my earlier post Brilliant Baubles for Christmas at my open studio for all my contact details.

If you can’t make it this Saturday and Sunday I am only to pleased to open by appointment.

Finishing a hot glass bead

At work in my studio © Katrina Newman
At work in my studio © Katrina Newman

I’ve been busy preparing many new more earrings ‘brilliant baubles’ for you at my Open Studio this weekend.  This photo shows me as I completed a hot glass bead on the weekend.  The glasses are smoke gray safety frames that allow me to see and work with the bead without the orange flame.

For details about my Open Studio Weekend please see http://katrinanewman.com/2013/11/27/brilliant-baubles-for-christmas-at-my-open-studio/  for all opening details.

See you there, and if not, just drop me a line or give me a call to make an appointment.

Brilliant Bling

Brilliant Baubles & Rings © Katrina Newman
Brilliant Baubles & Rings © Katrina Newman

These beautiful sterling silver rings I made using the ancient technique of cuttlefish casting will also be available for sale with my brilliant earrings in my Open Studio on the 7th & 8th December from 11am – 5pm.  See my previous post Brilliant Baubles for Christmas for all my Open Studio details.

Mungo

I just returned from a short break to Mungo and the Murray. I simply adored Mungo. Click on any picture to view in large screen gallery format.

Settling into my studio

Getting comfortable at the bench © Katrina Newman
Getting comfortable at the bench © Katrina Newman
Settling into my new studio McCrae
Settling into my new studio in McCrae © Katrina Newman

As you can see I’ve made substantial progress in my studio since the post about painting the floor, which I must add looks absolutely sensational now that it has been finished.  The benches and other furniture are in position so there’s almost no excuse to start creating in this beautiful place.  I just need to install a few floating shelves and give the table a coat of fresh paint before I’m ready to open the doors so that you can buy my jewellery directly from me in my studio.

I have sensational views of Port Phillip Bay and Arthur’s Seat State Park from both benches in my studio. The garden around the studio is also looking beautiful in full spring bloom. I was enchanted by the studio and the garden when I moved here in late May, I hope it will be a similar experience for you when I open my door for the first time in October.  I will host my first open weekend in October where you will be able to see how and where all my beautiful rings, earrings, pendants and necklaces are produced, please click on the Gallery link above for a display of past and present work.

Both the photos above show my two separate benches, one for making the gold and silver jewellery and the findings used to mount my lampworked beads, and the other close to the photographer for making the lamp worked glass beads.  I’m just missing the obligatory bottle of oxygen to start the torch again.

My studio will be open regularly from October, when I look forward to making you all feel very welcome.  If you need further information please click on the Contact link and send me an email.

Emu Plains Market this Saturday 20 April

I had such a good time at the last market  please come and experience the wonderful Emu Plains Market for yourself this Saturday from 8am to 1pm in Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula.  I’ll be selling all the works available on Etsy and a whole lot more, including the rings pictured below, necklaces, earrings, pendants and bracelets.

The Emu Plains Market has been running for over 7 months and is curated by some very passionate local people.  It’s been resurrected from previous market versions held at the same venue.  This market embodies all that makes a succesful and good market, “it’s all about the community and families but most of all…it’s about you!”

At the market you will find farm fresh produce, gourmet food, artists and crafts people’s work from Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, and vintage collectables. This is the last market until October.

The market is located in Coolart Road Balnarring in the stringbark forest next to the Balnarring racecourse, it’s a lovely venue to while a few hours away and support local business.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, please drop by and say hello.  My stall is in Number 1 position on the day.

Olga
Olga Silver Ring © Katrina Newman
'Caillou' Sterling Silver Ring © Katrina Newman
‘Caillou’ Sterling Silver Ring © Katrina Newman