It’s this weekend! The Peninsula Studio Trail Open Weekend

PST Trail Leader article
Mornington Leader 22 October 2013 Pg 13

It’s this weekend the 26th and 27th October, it’s your chance to see my beautiful studio with views of Port Phillip Bay and Arthur’s Seat Park, and learn more about my work as a gold and silversmith.

I am one of 23 studios open to the public this coming weekend as part of the Peninsula Studio Trail with artists that work across most mediums including: – ceramics, textiles, printmaking, glass, painters, photographers and more.  Come on down to the Mornington Peninsula and glimpse into the often very private domain, their studio.

I will be doing regular demonstrations of lamp working glass beads and will only be too happy to describe the processes involved in the making of my jewellery.  Light refreshments will also be available.

You’ll find my studio at 69 Cinerama Crescent McCrae. If you are unable to make it this weekend please contact me via my Contact page to organise another time.

I look forward to making you feel welcome on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm.

Please click on the map below for a copy of the Peninsula Studio Trail and all the artists address’ and contact details.

PST Trail Map & Index 2013

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You’re all invited to my open studio

Postcard of works on display for PST open Studio weekend © K Newman

You’re all invited to join me in my Studio for the Peninsula Studio Trail Open Weekend on 26 and 27th October 2013. I’m putting last-minute preparations into my studio, displaying my jewellery and the garden so that you feel welcome on your visit.

My studio is located in the hills of McCrae just a few doors from Arthur’s Seat Park, Rosebud Park Golf Course is just over the back fence.  I have very beautiful views of Port Phillip Bay and Arthur’s Seat Park from the studio. You may like to make a day of it and set off for a stroll on the Two Bays Walking Trail after visiting my studio.

For details of all the artists that will have studios open on the day please see the Peninsula Studio Trail website by clicking here.

Please complete the following form or visit the Peninsula Studio Trail website for more details on my open studio.

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.


I finally got around to slapping on the last coat of natural white paint this afternoon and ‘Voila’ it is beautiful. It really is incredible what a new coat of paint can do. The studio is gleaming. Next stop the floor. I’m not looking forward to the sanding or being on my hands and knees but it’s not a huge space, approximately 5.5 x 2.5m, so I hope to have it all done and dusted by next weekend.

View through the messmates from my studio. © Katrina Newman
View through the messmates from my studio. © Katrina Newman
View of Arthurs Seat State Park from my studio on a rather dull day last week. © Katrina Newman
View of Arthurs Seat State Park from my studio on a rather dull day last week. © K. Newman

Preparing to move

My new Studio in McCrae © Katrina Newman
My new Studio in McCrae © Katrina Newman

Wow, that illusive Australian Dream I talked about back in May 2012 is just about to become a reality.  I fell for the ambiance of a small house located in McCrae Victoria.  It’s modest but perfect for continuing my creative endeavours as a gold and silversmith and also for enjoying all the Mornington Peninsula offers.

It’s not far from beautiful Somers on Westernport Bay that has been my home for over 12 years. Everyday I feel the heart strings nearing their breaking point; it will be difficult to leave.  I have only just started packing but I have no fear (despite constant requests from friends and family seeking news of my progress ) that it will come together the closer settlement day arrives.   I expect to become grumpy short tempered and easily tired despite ongoing efforts at the local gym building my strength in preparation for all the box hauling.  It’s a new adventure.

My muse has been busy tapping on my shoulder, and whispering in my ear with new creative ideas and to remind me that I have unfinished creations that need revisiting. Unfortunately it is a little difficult to create right now as my studio has been packed into boxes and sits idol behind me.  My artwork will take centre stage in the wonderful artist studio that features at the front of the property.  It will become my sanctuary with superb views of Arthur’s Seat and Port Phillip Bay through entwined branches of local tea trees.

I look forward to welcoming you to my studio later in the year during open days where coffee and cake will be served.

Festival of Glass

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.

Festival of Glass logo

Kiln annealing my glass beads © Katrina Newman.
Kiln annealing my glass beads © Katrina Newman.

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

The count down to Somers Arts Fair

A late night at my desk finishing off some necklaces and earrings. © Katrina Newman

The eyes show that it was a late night of tidying up and finishing off some new pieces for Somers Arts Fair.  The marquee is now in place, some last-minute cleaning to do and we’ll be set up for tomorrows start at 10am. You’ll find me right next to the flag pole at the front entrance. I’m looking forward to seeing you there. Somers Arts Fair is held each year at the Somers Primary School in Camp Hill Road Somers. Click here for details

Finished lampworked glass beads awaiting the final assembly. © Katrina Newman

It’s that time of year again! It’s time for the Somers Arts Fair on Sunday 28 October 2012

Unfinished beads sitting on my lamp work bench waiting to be annealed and made into pendants and ear-rings.

It’s that time of year again as I’ve been busy preparing for this years Somers Art Fair. Under my white marquee you’ll find my beautiful and diverse range of Silver and Gold rings and pendants, and a selection of my lamp-worked soda-lime glass beads fashioned into pendants, earrings and necklaces.  Look for my colourful stall close to the main entrance. This is your last chance to do your Christmas shopping in my store as I’ll be leaving shortly for a much needed holiday. Please come with cash as credit cards are unfortunately unavailable at this time.  The Somers Arts Fair opens at 10am and runs through until 4pm at 87 Camphill Road  Somers Victoria.

For more information on the Somers Arts Fair please click here

Somers Art Fair stall 2011 (This year will be bigger and better!)