Expect to fill all your senses at one of my cuttlefish bone casting demonstrations on the Sunday 13th and 20th November as part of the Peninsula Studio Trail open studio weekends.
There’s the smell of the burning cuttlefish bone, the heat of the gas, the noise of the torch, and the excitement of watching as the silver becomes molten and I carefully pour into the cuttlefish bone mould.
I will talk you through the process from carving the cuttlefish to casting, then back in the studio you can learn about the finishing stages of my refined contemporary jewellery. It is here that most of the hard work is done, as I take a very rough cast to a highly polished work of art that I sell directly from my studio.
My jewellery is contemporary, some might say bold statement pieces, they reflect my love of the sea and the Australian landscape.
I’ve been a resident of the Mornington Peninsula for over 17 years, taking up the art of Cuttlefish bone casting shortly after moving to these shores.
On Saturday and Sunday 12,13, & 19, 20 November my studio will be open in conjunction with the Peninsula Studio Trail artists from 10am-5pm.
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.
I found a quiet moment this afternoon to prepare these cuttlefish bones for casting tomorrow. Tonight I topped up with extra gas and we’re right to go.
Each cuttlefish you see has been cut in half and then delicately carved. Tomorrow I’ll bind them together for casting.
See you tomorrow for Day 2 of Peninsula Studio Trails Open Studio weekend . My cuttlefish casting demonstrations will occur at approximately 11:30am and 2pm. Nb. Demonstrations are hot, fiery and noisy, they will take about 15 to 30 minutes. My studio is at 69 Cinerama Crescent McCrae.