Friday, July 22, 2011

I wandered lonely as a cloud...(with kind regards to Mr. Wordsworth)

 Cloud Neckpiece. 925, 999, howlite beads.
I'm sure I had some followers but they all seem to have wandered off.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I remember blue sky

It's cold because it's winter. No use complaining. I took this photo of a glorious blue sky at the very start of winter. It definitely doesn't look like this today.

Not a Cloud in the Sky earrings. 
925,999, Australian blue sapphires, Blue Topaz 

Monday, July 18, 2011

The whale is singing to the camel

The whale is singing to the camel- Sterling silver, fine silver, sapphires, camel bone beads.

I made this neckpiece in 2006. I saw a piece of scrimshaw in the National Gallery of Victoria, it was of a whalehunt. I thought about that piece a lot, I went back to look at it several times, I thought about the person who carved it and the whale whose death it depicted. It was a beautiful piece of work of a horrific event. I couldn't get close enough to that piece. I banged my head on the glass of the cabinet trying to get a closer look.Then one day it was no longer on display. I wanted to make something in response to that piece, something joyful. And this is it. It is made from fine silver, sterling silver, sapphires and camel bone beads. The gem merchant told me those camel bones were found in the desert and the camel died of natural causes. That is what he said... Across the land, across the sea the whale is singing to the camel!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ship in a bottle

I made this back in 2007. It is about 100 x 40 mm and made from fine silver, sterling silver, 18ct gold and natural quartz beads. When I saw the  beads I thought they looked like they had been tumbling around in the ocean and then tossed onto a sandy shore somewhere.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Potala in a whale in a bottle

This is one of my favourite pieces of 2010. The Potala is the former residence of  His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Tibet. This piece is 124 x 44 mm. It is made from fine silver, sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold and agate beads. The whale has a blue sapphire eye. Make of it what you will.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Ship in a Whale

fine silver, sterling silver, black diamond, inlaid Iranian beads. (112mm across)

While I may have been neglecting the www I wasn't neglecting my jewellery making. In 2010 I moved studios and this was the first piece I made in my brand new studio. Combining things that I love, Ships, whales, constellations, silver, diamonds, exotic beads...  Photo by e.getal.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Back on the Blog train

Looks like I've been lost in the woods but I've made it to the station and I'm back on the blog train. Full steam ahead!