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.

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 Teaser

Click on any image for a gallery preview of my new work prepared for the Festival of Glass on Sunday.

I’m looking forward to sharing my new and colourful work with you. Please come by and say hello.

For more details about the event visit the Festival of Glass website

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.

In Memoriam @ Silverton NSW

Silverton Cemetery NSW  © Katrina Newman
Silverton Cemetery NSW © Katrina Newman

Staying out at Silverton 25 clicks from Broken Hill NSW, I thought we’d visit the local cemetery. Here you can find stories of struggle and hardship, young lives cut terribly short, and families torn apart by death.

The landscape resembles a red hot oven scattered with saltbush.  It must have been hellish in the 1800’s.  You can see for yourself that this cemetery and those interred appear almost forgotten. The local community however have taken a recent interest in maintaining this local history sight and its memorials.

Silverton Cemetery Trust can be located on Facebook at

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 illusive Australian Dream

Looking for Lucky Number 1 © Katrina Newman
The Great Australian Dream © Katrina Newman

These photos were taken on the road to Hill End NSW Australia. I loved the front door detail on this rather sad little house, you will find there a horseshoe to bring much needed luck to its inhabitants (if there are any), and the door handle, a simple but nice piece of craftsmanship, no doubt made from a eucalyptus branch found on the surrounding fields.

The Great Australian Bush

The Great Australian Bush © Katrina Newman

It’s wonderful what you can stumble upon in the Aussie bush. Is this decoration marking someones private bush retreat or is it a work of art from the resident artist? Whatever it is, it caught my eye. Please let me know if you know the story behind this. Please click on the image to enlarge.

Last day on the Great Ocean Road

Fungi home Beech Forest © Katrina Newman

You can just see a small beetle / bug taking shelter and finding its home on this small fungi fourth on the left and down.

Beech Forest Falls landscape © Katrina Newman
Beech Forest Falls © Katrina Newman
Natural and beautiful forest sculptures © Katrina Newman
A glimpse at the spectacular scenery that begins to unfold on the Great Ocean Road © Katrina Newman.

The Great Ocean Road Part 2

Probably the most captured views of Victorian coastline. Looking east and west to the Twelve Apostles National Park, it is such spectacular scenery.

Eastern view of the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park © Katrina Newman
Eastern view of the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park © Katrina Newman
Western view of the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park © Katrina Newman
Western view of the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park © Katrina Newman