From carving the cuttlefish to casting the design in sterling silver expect to be excited as you watch my demonstrations of cuttlefish casting at the Lost Trades Fair on the 7th and 8th March 2020 at Bendigo Racecourse.
This year the Lost Trades Fair is moving to Bendigo, so make the most of the March long weekend and start planning your visit to the Golden City of Victoria.
The Lost Trades Fair is such an action packed weekend, I hear only great things about the artisans from the visitors and receive the most wonderful compliments throughout the weekend. I see people coming back again and again to my demonstrations as they’re mesmerised by the whole experience from carving to casting.
You can expect to fill all your senses when you see my cuttlefish casting demonstrations there’s the heat from the gas torch, the smell of burning cuttlefish, the sight of the glistening molten silver as it’s poured into the cuttlefish mould, and the opportunity to touch the raw cast prior to me working on it to produce the unique designs of my handmade artisan jewellery. I’ll also have an exhibition of my recent work on display for sale.
It’s on next weekend, a fabulous event filled with artisans practising often forgotten arts, and rare trades. There will be demonstrations that excite all members of the family. Look for me in the big shed. I’ll be playing with fire and molten silver, cuttlefish casting all weekend.
Get your tickets in advance to avoid long queues at Try Booking
If you’re interested in watching demonstrations of cuttlefish casting, I’ll be providing plenty of opportunities for you to see the fun and learn about the technique at this years Lost Trades Fair in Kyneton on the Labour Day weekend the 9th & 10th March 2019.
Expect to fill all your senses during a demonstration of the technique – there’s the the heat of the gas, the noise of the torch, the smell of the burning cuttlefish bone, the excitement of watching as the silver becomes molten and is carefully poured into the cuttlefish bone mould, and the snap crackle and pop as it cools.
I’ll be demonstrating the carving and casting across both days, I’ll also have an exhibition of recent work available for sale, please come and say hi.
For more information on the Lost Trades Fair please click on the following link http://www.losttrades.info there you’ll also be able to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid any long drawn out queues to get in.
Are you looking for style, something unique? Check out my range of men’s accessories including sterling silver arm rings, rings and cufflinks. Buy online or direct from my studio gallery on the Mornington Peninsula. I welcome custom orders.
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.
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. 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.