100 days


This is one of my favourite 100 days pieces so far. It’s a neckpiece using a piece of brass from the beach, drilled and threaded on a glass and silver bead necklace. The glass beads are from Togo and were waist beads that my daughter brought back. The colours are just right for the patina on the beach find.


Alchimia Week 3

I spent week 3 taking a third off the closed form and closing it, taking a third off the remaining two thirds and closing that until I ran out of time.


The piece became several pieces each was great to hold and could be fitted back together as a 3d puzzle.


The surfaces took different colours, the solder flooded the joints and each piece had different small openings to look through. Like the streets there was an historic outside and a glimpse of the inside, a suggestion of many lives enclosed.


As I made new thirds I became short of material and had to patch the brass and piece in some copper.

Doris was not able to give a final crit, but I was pleased with how my aesthetic came through strongly, how each piece is so tactile and how the object was inspired by Florence.

I discussed with Elisa and Marcia how a series of brooches might be made from the piece and also maybe replicating an inside piece in silver.

I was pleased with what I achieved and can see the approach being hugely useful in my work.

Alchimia, Week 2 and into week 3

Doris Maninger reviewed my work on Day 7 and I moved into using metal, choosing a 3d shape and recreating it as a hollow brass form.

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On the Friday (day 10) she suggested that I close the form and apply a ‘framing’ rule such as repeatedly halving the piece.

So on Day 11 (yes i was there for 3 weeks) I started this, but taking a third off each time.

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These photos show the closed form. This gave me the feel of exclusion and being on the street outside, with something different inside. I also pieced the metal to give the idea of history – making do, patching up, using what’s to hand. I let the brass oxidise as I went also (which was a technical challenge, but left great colours)

Casting on the beach

beachpour Roddy brought his mobile foundry to the beach at Cellardyke on Friday and we had a great day pouring different metals into beach-sand moulds. We ran two small furnaces so that we could do mixed metal pours. This is me pouring silver, this cast is sterling, the other one in the picture is fine silver. mixpour This is a brass and bronze mixed metal pour. One of the furnaces was bellows operated, so we also had Gordon Lochead from the Silver Studio helping out; and Mary took the photos. mixedmetal You can see both furnaces and just see the bellows on the right in this pic.