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Cuttlefish bone casting demonstrations

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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.

 

Last minute Christmas gifts you’ll love

It’s almost Christmas, and you still haven’t found that special gift for your friend or loved one, you’re not alone.  No need to panic, I have a selection of beautiful handmade glass bead earrings, pendants and necklaces combined with gold or silver findings for you to choose from.

My studio gallery will be open this Sunday 22 December from 11am – 4pm.  Please feel welcome to come and browse at your leisure.

You’ll find my studio gallery at 69 Cinerama Crescent McCrae VIC 3938, on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Please phone 0413 304 013 or 5981 2131 if you are unavailable on Sunday and would like to make an appointment.

Katrina Newman ‘real jewellery real style’

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Kris Kringle Secret Santa

Kris Kringle

Brilliant baubles for Christmas at my open studio

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.

des affaires français

Today was a remarkable day.  As I do, after the usual shower to wash away the sleepiness, feeding the Izzy dog, not necessarily in that order, usually Izzy takes precedence, then making my way to the kitchen to make breakfast, I turned on my mobile.  Ding!!  Wow what’s going on. A quick glance and I notice I had a message from Etsy.  I’ve got the new Etsy app on my phone which helps me manage my shop.

I noticed a familiar name and discovered that an old friend from my uni days had just made a few purchases from my shop.  Wow, that’s simply great, it put a smile on my face.  Many of my networks have stemmed from links back to Canberra School of Art, friends from university, working to pay the bills and family. That’s why I also use my Facebook page to promote my jewellery capturing the great network of family and friends that have been with me for as long as I can remember.

A short email that followed the purchases said and I quote “I wanted to buy everything!”.  Now that’s just wonderful, the perfect customer.

I achieved another milestone today, I finished translating my shop on Etsy into French.  My partner is French and although my French language skills are far from perfect, it extends my business that bit further.  My sales today were all from Japan.

I watch people who wear jewellery and it pleases me when I see that they might be wearing something that is obviously handmade, but on many occasions you will find that the jewellery has been mass-produced through countries like China and Indonesia. Please continue to support small business’ like mine, and be proud to be adorned in something so beautiful and unique as you.

Amethyst Earrings © Katrina Newman
Amethyst Earrings © Katrina Newman
Izzy, my beautiful dog who more than often comes first © Katrina Newman.
Izzy, my beautiful dog who more than often comes first © Katrina Newman.

It’s the season for a good Boozey Trifle

With all due respect, gone are the days of gagging on my grandmothers trifle made with jellied tinned fruit, sponge cake and custard. Today my trifle is a delicious combination of fresh fruit including raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and cherries cooked in brandy and a little sugar before  being added to a large trifle bowl layered with freshly baked sponge cake splashed with brandy. The fruit and cake are then coated with a thick layer of vanilla bean cream custard and a final and very generous topping of whipped cream and flaked almonds.  It’s absolutely delicious.  A good reason to celebrate anytime. It’s my Christmas pleasure.

Boozey Trifle
Boozey Trifle
Boozey Trifle
Boozey Trifle detail

Christmas is coming!

Somers Arts Fair 2012

Thank you to all the people that visited my stall at Somers Arts Fair last weekend.

If you didn’t get a chance to buy what you were looking at last weekend you can visit my shop and buy before Christmas. I have added more than 20 new listings to my shop in the last week, so it’s worth your while to drop in for a look.  Below you will find some examples of my new work.

Please be patient when placing your order and corresponding with me as there may be a short delay in sending your item as I am taking a holiday and will not always be available to get to the computer.

 Click on the photos below to go directly to the item in my shop.

Sea blue cascade necklace
Purple and ivory ear-rings
A glorious sunset necklace
Purple Cascade
Sea Horizons Pendant
Red and white polka dot ear-rings
Glistening Sea Ear-rings