I’ll be opening my studio this Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm, please feel welcome to drop in during these times.
See you soon!
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I’ve worked in many different studios, including as a student in the Gold and Silversmithing Department at Canberra School of Art.
In 1986 I set up my first studio at Gorman House Arts Centre in Canberra. I remember paying about $7 a week rent, which I found was not too difficult to manage when you’re a young emerging artist. In 1987 with the abundant energy that I had, I nominated for the Gorman House Committee of Management, I have always been keen on making a difference. The photo below was the paraphernalia that I distributed in hope of achieving success, I lost by 1 vote. As it turned out they employed me to work in the office instead. In the photo I am wearing three spectacular arm rings that I made from Perspex.
After my first solo exhibition in 1988 at Solander Gallery in Canberra I had a short break before re-establishing in my second studio back at Gorman House Arts Centre. You may have seen me at the Gorman House Arts Centre Markets where I braved the cold Canberra winters, however I still managed to keep a brave face.
In 1994, I left Canberra to return to Melbourne where I set up my studio in my lounge room in a small unit I let in Armadale. Following on I moved to Ashburton, and then down to Somers on the Mornington Peninsula. It was only when I purchased my first home at McCrae in 2013, that I have been able to re-open my studio to the public, as I did many years ago in Canberra at Gorman House Arts Centre.
I joined the Peninsula Studio Trail in 2013, and have opened my studio every year since. In my studio visitors can see an exhibition of my work and demonstrations of the techniques I use including cuttlefish casting and lamp working glass beads. As I’ve always said, I enjoy the opportunity to show people what I do, and how it is done.
My studio is always open to the public, so if you’re keen to see my work or buy directly, please click the contact button at the top of this page to arrange a time to visit.
Beautiful pendants, rings, necklaces and bracelets are available for your Valentine in my McCrae studio.
All pieces are made to the highest standard, the pendants and rings are bold statement pieces, and you can expect quality craftsmanship and unique designs. You’ll be sure to find the perfect piece for your Valentine.
Please contact me via my contact page to arrange an appointment to visit my studio in McCrae. Or visit my online shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/KatrinaNewman
This beautiful necklace is made with my lamp-worked glass beads and a gorgeous fine sterling silver chain 80cm in length. It will look absolutely stunning with any outfit and would suit all seasons. Reflecting on the colours, I see a summer beach with colourful umbrellas and swimming costumes.
Next Sunday the 17th February is the annual Festival of Glass at Drysdale on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria. I have been welcomed by the festival committee and will have a stall among 60+ other glass artists and retailers selling my jewellery.
I thank my little sister Sophie from Wildstones Creative Glass who recommended the event to me and who will also be there on the day.
The annual Festival of Glass celebrates the beauty and versatility of glass. It is unique in Australia and one of only a handful of similar events worldwide. The Festival of Glass vision is to become the primary showcase for glass-related art, craft and industry in Australia.
The event is held at the Bellarine Secondary College Sport Centre, Peninsula Drive off Anderson Road Drysdale Victoria (Melways Map 470 F3). Admission is Free.
As I write this over 100 new glass beads have almost completed the kiln annealing process, before I set to cleaning and assembling on my handcrafted findings.
It’s going to be a colourful day, do drop by and say hello.