Saturday, 24 June 2017

The Memory Tree at St Julia's....

I recently completed a second Memory Tree for Cornwall Hospice Care. This one was installed at St Julia's Hospice in Hayle.  I thought you might be interested to see the process involved in creating such a large piece of metalwork....
It all started with a paper template made to scale. This was too large to fit in my studio so I had to lay it out in the garden.
Next we visited St Julia's again to check I had got the size & design correct for the space.  The tree was to be a permanent fixture in the quiet room.


Once I was happy that the design would work I began marking out the branches onto copper sheet.  Using very large shears I cut out the sections a few at a time (made my hand ache using such big tools compared to my usual jewellery snips!).



When I had the sections ready I began to heat them to alter the colour using my blow torch.  I was also annealing the pieces to enable me to shape them into 3D branches.  The hammering created textures on the surface to represent bark.  Some of the branches also had leaves, acorns or birds soldered on.



I riveted the sections together as they were to large for me to solder.  Next came the nerve wracking part as we assembled the tree on site.  Thankfully it when together smoothly!









 The tree is now finished & ready for additional leaves to be added over time....The idea that loved ones can be remembered with an individual leaf.  These can be ordered from Cornwall Hospice Care & I will make them with the addition of a tag with the person being remembered name on.

There are 6 leaf designs to choose from:
Acer in brass

Acer in copper

Beech in copper/brass

Horse chestnut in brass

Horse chestnut in copper

Ivy in brass/copper

Oak in copper/brass

Sycamore in brass

Sycamore in copper

If you would like to see examples of the leaves or have further questions please contact Clare Bray on 01736 66868 or email cbray@cornwallhopsice.co.uk



Thursday, 20 April 2017

NEW Seaweedy pieces.....

Recently I've been exploring using some of my seaweed etched pieces for decorative table features....The first of these are little t-light holders.  Each piece is unique & they create lovely shadows when the candles are lit.  I will be exhibiting these for the first time this weekend at the Bedruthan Spring Makers Craft Fair...
 




Over the summer I would like to develop further pieces in this collection...napkin rings, lampshades, wall sconces all a possibility!

EVENTS

This weekend I will be exhibiting at the fabulous Bedruthan Hotel's event Spring Makers Craft Fair organised by Duchy Fairs. There will be over 50 exhibitors of quality work created in the South West.  The hotel is situated at Mawgan Porth with stunning views out to sea, great food & room to stay if you are lucky enough to have time...
The show is on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April 10am - 4pm.  I will be in the Gallery Rooms.  Entry is £3 in advance or £4 on the door. Tickets can be purchased here. 

(Please note our Drill Hall shop will be closed this weekend while we are at this event)



My next event will be the Malvern Spring Festival showing with the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen once again. The dates this year are 11th May - 14th May. This is always an extremely busy show & a great opportunity to catch up with some of my customers from the area.  I will be exhibiting with my friend & colleague Penny Williams of course!



Then in June I shall be back up to Cheltenham to take part in Cheltenham Open Studios again with my lovely friend Sue Brown. This exciting event is bi-annual which gives artists & makers time to develop new work from one year to the next....
I will be exhibiting my sea inspired creations in metalwork & jewellery.  I am also looking forward to seeing the fantastic work of Caroline McCatty who will be at the same venue with Sue & Myself.
Cheltenham Open Studios takes place 10th - 18th June.  
Our venue is 8 Commercial Street, Cheltenham GL50 2AU.  Parking is in the nearby Bath Road carpark.  I will be there on all of the open days plus we are having a little preview on the Thursday 8th June 6-8pm.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

March Opening Times....

March Opening times:
We are away during March but will be open on the following days:
Wed 1st 11am – 4pm
Thurs 2nd 11am – 4pm
Fri 3rd CLOSED
Sat 4th 11am – 4pm
5th/6th CLOSED
Tues 7th 11am – 4pm
8th/9th/10th CLOSED
Sat 11th 11am – 5pm
12th/13th CLOSED
Tues 14th 11am – 4pm
15th/16th/17th CLOSED
Sat 18th 11am – 4pm
19th/20th CLOSED

21st onwards normal opening hours

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

FEATHERS!

It's been a while since I've made any of my etched feather decorations...they were featured in Country Living magazine last year & proved quite popular! As we are nearing spring I thought it was about time I created another batch....I have listed some on my Etsy shop today.

Large size approx 13cm long
Brass & copper etched decoration with heat & flux used to generate the colour effects.  Each one is unique in colour & texture.

Med size approx 10cm long

Sml size approx 8cm long

Friday, 17 February 2017

'Colours of the Season' Exhibition February 2017

Today is the last day of our exhibition 'Colours of the Season' Reflections the seasons in textiles & metal which has been running at the St Ives Arts Club this week....
The third exhibition with Alison Dupernex (a forth is planned for this October) who has been showing her fabulous knitwear alongside my metalwork & jewellery.
For those of you who haven't been able to come along here are some pictures to give you an idea of the display: