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Inspired thought

So last night I was sitting around playing on Pinterest (DAP Jewellery School) looking at different landscapes when I had an inspired thought. I have always been a little bit fascinated with Chinese culture and landscapes etc, and I started thinking about the name seals that the Chinese make. I actually have one of these with my Chinese name carved into it. So I thought that I would combine the two passions into the one form. Do small scale sculptures that are in a Chinese landscape theme with the shape of the name seal.

The seals usually have animals or a person on the top as they have to be usable but I like the idea of containing the landscape on such a small scale and only having a single tree or rock or combination on it. even with a bit of the landscape running down the edge of it like a waterfall…..

I’ve already cut the hebel stone and I am on my way!! !

Watch this space!


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2016 – Hitting the ground running!

So last year saw the launch of DAP Jewellery School in Coorparoo. A huge undertaking that seems to be gaining momentum. I am really happy with the progress of the school so far with plenty more opportunities for promotion of the school and the work we are doing. Our program this year is filling up, with enamel, metal texturing workshops, colouring workshops, pmc and more. I have also been asked to do more external classes with groups in Nobby, Warwick and with the North Brisbane Lapidary Club. All of which helps with getting the studio name out there as well as my own.

But this year I would also like to do more in regards to competitions and exhibitions, working towards a new collection of sculpture, jewellery and more. This will be a lot of work but I think I really need to get my name out there as this all helps with getting the school known also. These are not necessarily jewellery based, although there is always and element of this in the mix, I do also want to explore more of the painting and the sculpture side of things. I am in the process of developing a catalogue of ideas and trying to get together a collection of images that I can reference.

What can I say, I like to be busy….


I am hoping to use this outlet more along the lines of my personal journey with the development of the exhibition pieces and collection. Documenting the designs, drawing and so forth….


First instalment should be just around the corner!


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Sydney Fashion Week

Emmanuel & Cox have been hard at work developing pieces for a photo shoot for a Sydney fashion label. We were asked by the lead stylist for the Voice to create works for his up coming Northern Territory photo shoot this weekend.
Here are some of the pieces we have created:





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Exhibition pieces

I’ve been working on new stock for the BIA staff show opening tomorrow night. It’s good to be back at the bench creating but this month has flown by!
Elaine and I are also preparing for the studio sale on the 1st and 2nd of December, and with the return of stock from retailers, it looks like we will have plenty on offer for all!!

Here’s a sneak peek!





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Christmas Charms

In preparation for the Christmas Studio Sale on the 3rd and 4th of December I have created a range of Christmas Charms for the festive season!

I am feeling the Christmas vibe this year, which is usually not the case for any of you who know me!

I, for some reason, am really excited about Christmas this year and am looking forward to seeing everyone at the studio sale.



Snow Man Charm

Christmas Tree Charm

Snow Flake Charm (solid)

Snow Flake Charm (detailed)

Bells & Holly Charm

Small Angel Charm

Large Angel Charm

 All these charms are made from Sterling Silver.

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I have been working on a range of Sterling Silver Charms in preparation for my studio sale on the 3rd and 4th of December. These are some of the results that I will be sending down to Retrospect Galleries tomorrow morning:




Rabbit Charm

Stag Charm

Angel Charm (small)

Angel Charm (large)

Bird in Flight

Ferry Wren Charm

Blue Bird Charm (right facing)

Blue Bird Charm (left facing)

Chicken Charm

All these Charms are made from Sterling Silver and finished in a matte finish. They are approximately 1-2cm with the odd exception and are designed to be pendants, although I will also be making these into various other pieces as I always do! I like looking at them as components rather than the whole piece, although they are their own piece and can stand alone.

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Getting ready

I’m in the rows of getting ready for the studio sale, which is two weeks away!!!
I have been pouring resin, polishing silver charms, planning and starting sculptures, painting walls, cleaning and sorting!!!
I feel like I have been doing this for the last half a year!! It has only been 2 months however!
I’ll also have cleaning up of existing pieces and pricing to do…..
To achieve this, I need a plan of attack…..
It’s in my head at least which is good, but I like to have multiple jobs happening at the same time. My hands don’t love me though. Between doing my work, I’m also working extra days at Barbara Heath’s studio to get everything she needs finished done in time for her sale!!! I’ve emery’d through my thumb, hit it on the Linisher and they ache! The joys of being a jeweller I suppose.
I am really looking forward to working with something softer, like clay!!! That’s next week!!!

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