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