Monday, 22 August 2016

Sea Journal Exhibition this week....



Yesterday we popped into the Crypt Gallery in St Ives to see the wonderful 'Sea Journal' exhibition by Lisa Woollett.  This is only on until this Friday 26th August so you've got to be quick!

We were already familiar with Lisa's work as I had bought Tim the 'Sea & Shore Cornwall' book a while ago....this fabulous exhibition features images from the latest publication 'Sea Journal' - stunning photography & lots of interesting information...We are really looking forward to reading it & expanding our knowledge of the creatures that live on our shores
 



Lisa is stewarding the show herself so is on hand to talk about her work - it really is a joy to see her collections of shoreline finds...the little cabinets & framed pieces are right up our street! 
 
 
 
 



 




After seeing the show we actually felt really inspired to showcase some of our own beach finds (of which there are many...) & as luck would have it we located a lovely little Indian cabinet in a local shop.  This was put up today & now includes some special finds...the plan is to change the pieces once a month & theme them depending on the time of year (this is the theory anyway...we'll see!?)





Our very own 'Cabinet of Collections'
  
 


The Crypt Gallery is just off the harbour behind the Sloop & underneath the Mariners Gallery. 
Open 11am - 5pm this week

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Summer Shows in Cornwall....





Yesterday was a very busy day setting up 2 separate displays at 2 venues in the area. 

The first of which I have shown at the past couple of years the Art & Crafts Exhibition in aid of Cancer Research UK at Cape Cornwall School. 
This huge event is in its 50th year!! It's is extremely well organised by a team of volunteers who staff it daily between 3rd & 19th August 10am - 9pm so plenty of time to visit (even after work/or beach if you are on holiday).


It's the first time I have had my shhhh...Christmas decorations at this event but I know that visitors to the area have mentioned they like to do some Christmas shopping at the show. I had my first trade order for Christmas decorations a week or so ago...production of robins & reindeers starts again!





After a quick lunch at the Dog & Rabbit in St Just we headed off to Mawnan Smith via some very narrow & wiggly lanes (thanks sat nav!) to put up the display for the 40th Cornish Craft Market in the Memorial Hall.  I have not exhibited at this event before but know several makers who have & say it's a busy little show. More information can be found by calling 01326 250334. 


Both of these shows are stewarded so I will be not be there myself.  I do plan to visit them of course to see the shows when they are fully set up & maybe make a few purchases as usual!...



 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

LIMPET LOVE!

Lg limpet necklace
Just to let you know I have now listed some of the new brass versions of my limpet jewellery in my Etsy shop today...


I will of course still be offering these designs in the silver versions too. This 'golden' finish is replacing the oxidised brass versions which were a little dark in colour.  I think this colour way works much better & the pieces look richer.  Sometimes you also get a little copper plating on the surface during the making which gives a subtle pink hue to the jewellery.


Medium limpet necklace

Porthmeor brooch

Marazion cufflinks

Small Limpet drop earrings

Tiny Limpet stud earrings

Medium Limpet drop earrings






I have recently found lots more 'holey' limpets & plan to add some new versions into the collection in the not too distant future!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey


We've just about recovered from a very busy Cotemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey over the weekend....We were trying to work out how long it has been since I last exhibited at the event & think it was 2010.... 
 
We had a really fabulous time getting to know other exhibitors especially those whose work we have long admired...we had some really great neighbours; Liz Cooksey, Christian Ryan & Suzanne Breakwell to name a few....(very tempting to make the odd purchase or two)

We were showing some new pieces at the show which seemed to generate a lot of interest especially the seaweed.
 


Lots of the individual leaves went home with visitors...


Love birds were popular...

Copper & brass texture pictures....

The Horse Chestnut & Wren pieces were the first to sell...that particular leaf does seem to be the most popular at the moment.

As the show was so busy it was not always possible to leave the stand to look around so we tried to get in early each morning for a quick visit to admire the other exhibitors work before opening....
Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

We now have a little breather before the next show as St Ives is starting to get busy for the summer visitors. We will be taking part in the Mawnan Craft Market (near Falmouth) for the first time this year
30th July - 13th August
 


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

OPEN STUDIOS CORNWALL

I'm busy getting ready for opening this Saturday for Cornwall Open Studios event.  The studio will be nice & tidy, the garden spruced up & a display of my jewellery & metalwork created...I shall be there working on pieces for the forthcoming Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey next month.  So it will be possible to see various techniques in progress...
 


My opening times are as follows:
 
  • Saturday 28th May 10am - 4.30pm
  • Sunday 29th May 11am - 4pm
  • Monday 30th May 10am - 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 31st May 10am - 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 1st June CLOSED
  • Thursday 2nd June 10am - 4.30pm
  • Friday 3rd June 10am - 4.30pm
  • Saturday 4th June 10am - 4.30pm
  • Sunday 5th June 10am - 4.30pm
 
If you would like to visit outside of these times please do not hesitate to contact me as it may well be possible!



Here's a little map of how to find Myrtle Cottage.....


Friday, 20 May 2016

THE MEMORY TREE at Cornwall Hospice


Some time ago I was approached by Cornwall Hospice Care with an idea for a Memory Tree to be created for the Quiet Room at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell.  I initially did some design ideas for a copper tree loosely based on a oak tree which fitted in well with the etched metal leaves I already produce. The idea being that people can have a lasting tribute to a loved one in the form of a leaf which will have a special name tag added.  This will then be displayed on the tree where it will remain for 12 months. After this period the leaf will be given in back in a presentation box. 


After time funding was secured by the kind sponsorship of Paul Bourton Funeral Service  also in St Austell.


The challenge to make the tree then began! As I usually work on quite a small scale this would be the largest piece I had attempted to date...
Artwork drawings for the leaf etching to be produced in copper & brass.

It was just as well I had sorted out my studio space in January as the tree was going to take up quite a lot of space! I started by roughly laying out the copper pieces which I'd cut out.  Then the sections needed to be textured to represent the bark. 

Texture was created with lots of hammering to create the 'bark'

The pieces needed to be annealed, after they had work hardened by the hammering process, which also develops the rich colours on the copper.
Some small birds & some leaves were soldered on so the tree did not look 'bare' before the addition of the other 'memory' pieces.
Completing the last sections....

I also made a plaque to display alongside the tree with suspended leaves.

After riveting the pieces together we needed to make a baton to attach the tree to the wall.  The tree could not be assembled fully until we were in the space.






The completed tree!


The Memory Tree is a exclusive way in which to remember a loved one. There are six designs of handcrafted leaves to choose from all of which can be in either copper or brass tones.
For more information please call Clare on 01726 66868 or email
cbray@cornwallhospice.co.uk