On the eighth day of christmas my true love sent to me eight electric blue earrings, seven cuttlefish, six silver pendants, five silver rings, four cascading jewels, three work benches, two topaz earrings and Katrina Newman’s jewellery.
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me seven cuttlefish, six silver pendants, five silver rings, four cascading jewels, three work benches, two topaz earrings and Katrina Newman’s jewellery.
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me Katrina Newman’s jewellery.
I’ll be opening my studio on Sunday the 7th and 14th December from 11am to 3pm for your Christmas shopping. Please feel welcome to come and visit and browse the stunning collection of jewellery I have recently made.
For further details please drop me a line via my contact page or call me on 0413304013 to make an appointment at a time that suits you.
I’ve been busy in my studio preparing a new selection of earrings, pendants and necklaces which will all be available at the Point Nepean Market on Sunday 30th November. Point Nepean Portsea Market is located at the Quarantine Station in Point Nepean National Park, end of Point Nepean Road, Portsea (Melway 156 C2). It’s the perfect place to do your Christmas shopping.
These strikingly beautiful rings and pendants (cast using cuttlefish as the mould) will be on display, and for sale, at my first Red Hill Market stall this weekend. Find me at site 86 under my new brilliant white marquee. My lamp work bead earrings, necklaces and pendants will also be available at the Market.
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.
On the 1st & 2nd March 2014 I’ll be hosting my first Open Studio for the year with Peninsula Studio Trail. My studio will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm on both days.
The earrings above were made using a several different colours of hot glass, the process is called lamp working. In my studio you’ll be able to see the different colours that make up these beautiful beads and learn about the time and work that goes into making the very stylish jewellery I produce.
I’ll be performing several special technique demonstrations over the weekend including some cuttlefish casting. If you don’t want to miss out on the action drop me a line for further details or call me on 0413 304 013.
It was a superb day at Point Nepean Quarantine Station today and Portsea Markets. The market was very popular with many travelling from Melbourne and even Bunyip I heard, to come to this very successful event.
It’s possibly the most scenic of all the Craft Markets Australia markets, just position perfect. If you missed out look out for the next one in November, meanwhile there’s always Red Hill Market, and from April I hope you will come and join me there.