RSA Open 2017

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Yes, I got selected, well “Firenze” did.

Thank-you to Jo for delivering the piece, Charles for the plinth, Axel for the photos, the Bradshaw bursary for getting me to Florence and the lovely people at Alchimia for their mentoring.

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It’s a small sculptural piece in brass, copper and silver solder with heat oxidisation inspired by the architecture of the Oltrarno, Florence.

RSA Open 2017 – pre selection

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Excited, I’ve been pre-selected for the RSA Open 2017 with this piece, Firenze, that I developed at Alchimia in Florence when on the Bradshaw travel bursary. I hope that it makes it through to final selection. I need to get on and finish it…

New bowl design

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cast bowl with seawater patina

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cast bronze with sea water patina

I’ve been trying out this bronze bowl around the house to see how it looks.

It’s a new design -slightly lighter and more open than the first bowl in this series.

It is made from recycled bronze with shell impressions, using a ceramic form that I created.

 

Goldsmith’s Library research

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I continued the research for my next collection at The Goldsmith’s Company library. What a fabulous collection and what helpful people. I love the pinned pearls in medieval jewellery and may incorporate this.

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This pewter badge would be sewn to clothing, having been mass produced as a casting.

I love the primitive art work….

Plant lore workshop

Lots of people came to the plant lore and jewellery making workshop at SSW today.

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About 17 people came along

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and worked hard

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I demonstrated how to make some pieces

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These two brooches were popular

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and several variations of the aspen earring were made

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This simple earring was one of my favourites

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And this brooch had a lovely composition

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We had plenty of local plant material to incorporate using mainly wire wrapping and threading techniques. We also shared some stories about plant use in Scotland and the local area.