A big thank you to Alan Davidson at The Peninsula Star for this great article about my work as a Gold and Silversmith.
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.
Look out for this advertisement in the Mornington Peninsula Magazine November issue, together with a short story about my work and open studio event.
I look forward to welcoming you all to my studio soon.
Workshops of the World have provided a glimpse into my studio in this wonderful article.
My studio is always open; however in November I open my studio over two consecutive weekends in conjunction with the Peninsula Studio Trail. These open days allow me to share with the visitors, the processes, techniques and work that goes into making the beautiful one off refined rings, pendants, earrings, necklaces, cufflinks and other works I puts on show.
I look forward to welcoming you to my studio on the 12, 13 and 19, 20 November 2016 at 69 Cinerama Crescent McCrae. If you would like to attend at another time please click on the Contact link or call me on 0413 304 013.
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.