Cambo stables exhibition

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Still time to drop into the new visitor heritage centre at Cambo and see some artworks. Some local artists, including Keny Drew, Judith Heald and Linda Jackson, have a horse stall each to display their work. This is mine.

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It’s a lovely display area and there are interesting displays about the history of the estate and the stables.

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Most days you will find the cafe and shop open as well.

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also your eyes may focus better than my photos…

They reopen 4th January 2018.

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Last chance to see

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This bowl is on display at Inspired at Goldsmith’s Centre as part of London Festival of Craft. The exhibition closes today, so hurry on down. The piece is sterling silver (probably nearer Britannia as I always add a bit more fine silver to the mix) on a pattern welded steel base.

The spoon story

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The small spoons that I’m just finishing for the Unit Twelve Spoons exhibition have come a long way from this layered iron billet at the Bushfire Forge.

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I forged the layers of the billet together and out into a rod.

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and twisted it hot.

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I hammered the rod down and shaped the end.

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I then ground the spoons to make them the shape I wanted and to start revealing the pattern. I refined the shape of the spoons, sanded and polished them.

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Last week I heat treated the spoons in my enameling kiln – hardening and tempering them.

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Then more grinding, sanding and polishing to remove the oxides.

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Then the magic moment in the fondue pot on the camping stove – using ferric chloride to reveal the pattern layers.

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More re-used kitchen items – the tea treatment to clean the remaining oxide. A few other finishing processes and they’ll be ready to send off to Unit Twelve in Stafford.

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These are some that I made earlier.

If you are nearer the Borders there are some of these spoons at the White Fox Gallery, and if you are in Fife there will be some at ENOS Open studios this October.

 

White Fox Gallery Opening tomorrow

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These are my new plinths, made for me by Charlie Clark, ready for my solo exhibition at White Fox Gallery, Hirsel Estate.

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The plinths are designed to ‘step’ across the centre of the gallery. I’ll take some pictures in the gallery, this is my front yard.

The exhibition opens tomorrow and runs til mid October. Drop by and see it.

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Create in Fife – exhibiton

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The Create in Fife exhibition continues at the Lochgelly Centre. I have five pieces on display there and I popped in to visit them on Friday.

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It’s a mixed exhibition with paintings, jewellery, glass, photography and prints. As well as my metalwork.

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