Sunday, September 21, 2014

International Peace Day

Usually I do my blog posts at the end of the day; but today is a special day - International Peace Day - so I thought I would post some images early - give peace a slightly better chance?

©2014 Barry Smith  - Peace crane on flag
©2014 Barry Smith - Peace sign at top go drive
The images are of peace 'flags' etc around our place. Many of these usually reside at the back of our house on the deck near the peace bell; but today some are brought to the top of our driveway to maybe encourage a little more awareness of peace; and just maybe let a few more peace thoughts and actions float out to calm some of the minds and hearts of those hell bent on war and violence.

©2014 Barry Smith _ Peace post with book wall and orchids
©2014 Barry Smith _ Italian peace flag on studio wall
©2014 Barry Smith _ Last year's peace flags re-hung plus Fiona's peace weather grams
©2014 Barry Smith - Peace Prayer Wheel at top of drive
©2014 Barry Smith Detail from Peace Prayer Wheel
©2014 Barry Smith _ Fluttering Peace Weather-grams
©2014 Barry Smith - Detail from Peace Prayer Wheel
©2014 Barry Smith - One of Fiona's peace hangings at our door
©2014 Barry Smith - Peace still hangs in there - fragile peace
Some peace 'flags' from friends.

©2014 Barry Smith - MJ's peace flags - at our doorway
©2014 Barry Smith - Luthien's peace house at our doorway
©2014 Barry Smith - Jennifer Q's shredded peace flags on the back deck
©2014 Barry Smith - Our Japanese Peace Bell - inscription by Mr Motoi
Peace - today and every day.

Friday, September 19, 2014

A flock of mini Starburst bowls

©2014 Barry Smith - Detail of fire colour and hammering on Starburst bowls
Today has been a full on art day. I cleaned my studio; started some ladles; and completed a flock of mini Starburst Bowls.

Given it is getting late and I need to make pizzas I thought I'd share some images of the 12 mini (range in size from 50mm-70mm in diameter) Starburst Bowls.

©2014 Barry Smith - All of the bowls started life as the recycled bases of wine goblets
©2014 Barry Smith - An annealing pit full of hammered Starburst Bowls
©2014 Barry Smith - The flock of mini Starburst Bowls after grinding and polishing
©2014 Barry Smith - Detail of mini Starburst Bowls - shiny
Over the weekend I hope to complete the ladles and share a bit on that later. Now I'm off to make pizza and drink red wine.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mysterious moon, morning and moody mountains

About a week ago I was fortunate enough to capture a rising moon with some very black cloud layers racing across it - certainly gives the moon a mysterious look.

©2014 Barry Smith - Radiant moon
©2014 Barry Smith - Black lace covered moon
©2014 Barry Smith - Dazzling bright
©2014 Barry Smith - Racing black clouds
©2014 Barry Smith - Full clear glorious moon
The early morning today was cheered by carolling magpies; and a new orchid bloom on the book wall.

© 2014 Barry Smith - Another bird in a blue morning sky
©2014 Barry Smith - Book fuelled orchids
When we arrived home late yesterday afternoon it was threatening to rain at sunset - a very moody western storm sky.

©2014 Barry Smith - A moody stormy sunset
Just amazing what nature offers - I never take it for granted.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Packing and delivering over the weekend

A few bits of our art went out the door in different ways and directions over the weekend.

Bending II (below) was packed and delivered today so that it could become one of the features of a wedding at the end of next week - I hope it brings much joy into the lives of the young couple.

©2014 Barry Smith - Bending II outside the studio at sunset
Fiona was setting up the Peace exhibition in the display cabinets of the local library on Saturday. I went along to give a hand and contributed a bit of my work to the display. The Peace display will be in the cabinets for two weeks - looks good - hope it inspires a few folk. This is all leading up to International Peace Day on 21 September.

©2014 Barry Smith - A small reminder to give peace a chance.


Fiona and I contributed some stock Rhyce's new wood and art gallery in Montville - True Cut Gallery. Rhyce is a very fine furniture maker. Below is a photo of the pieces I contributed; and a photo of some of Fiona's and my pieces on display with Rhyce's fine furniture.

©2014 Barry Smith - A stash of goodies for young Rhyce's gallery
©2014 Barry Smith - One small view of True Cut Gallery
I was informed that one of the fish sold over the weekend. And just a reminder that the earring and bracelet Spring Sale in my shop has only one more week to run so don't miss out on  a bargain - all earrings and bracelets are 20% off.

And if you check Fiona's blog out you will see that the peace weather grams are also being progressively installed.

A good positive art weekend.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fragment bowls and tool

©2014 Barry Smith - Fragment bowls - made from silver-plated EPNS offcuts
Some time ago I posted on a new tool I had bought - a hydraulic press. I wanted to press some small bowls that would then be hammered on the anvil and stake.  I thought if I could purchase a hemi-spherical drill or wood turning cutter tool I could form the right shape into a piece of hardwood and use that to press the metal into. The only issue was that such a tool was not readily available; and the one that existed cost about $450. So the only solution was to make my own.

I started with a rusted small axe head I had been given - I thought that would give me strong hard tool steel.

©2014 Barry Smith -  Tool marked up on blade of small axe head
After cutting the rough shape out, the filing, grinding, polishing and sharpening process took place - but as you can see from the series of photos below a strong sturdy tool was created.

©2014 Barry Smith - Rough cut - and filing begins
©2014 Barry Smith - View of the double cutting edges
©2014 Barry Smith - Stubby but effective hemi-spherical cutter bit - 52mm in diameter 
©2014 Barry Smith - The remained of the axe's edge
And it did work - it cut the form I wanted and I was able to press some fragments of silver-plated EPNS. I tested it on soft wood first; and then hard wood on the end grain.

©2014 Barry Smith - Wood form, tool and pressed silver-plated fragments
And after hammering and polishing these fragment bowls came up well.

©2014 Small fragment bowls - about 50-60mm
©2014 Small fragment bowls - about 50-60mm - facets on the back
Fiona liked them very much and has claimed them for her own - I will be pressing and hammering more now that I have the wooden form


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Leaf journey….

I'm in the process of getting together a stash of hammered metal objects for a new wood and art gallery being opened by a colleague this coming weekend.

As part of the process I decided to make some of my larger patinated copper leaves that could become tabletop 'decorative art'. Thought I'd share some of the photos of the journey - the number of steps in the process always intrigues me.

Recycled copper blanks cut, annealed, folded, cut to leaf shape and hammered.

©2014 Barry Smith - Leaf forms - hammered - looking pretty scrungy
Annealed again and opened.

©2014 Barry Smith - The beauty of heat treated copper
Ground and polished on the wheel.

©2014 Barry Smith - Metal taking on new life
Pickled, washed and patina solution added.

©2014 Barry Smith - Group patination
©2014 Fiona Dempster - Artist at work?  - photo on the sly!!!
Fixative spray applied

©2014 Barry Smith - Closer to the finish
Ready for the gallery - I intend to sell them in groups of three.

©2014 Barry Smith - A artistic grouping
Lovely journey from rubbish to the hallway table!!! The leaf forms range in size from about 200mm-250mm.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

I'm having a Spring Sale

One of the galleries that sold some of my jewellery has closed; and as a consequence I ended up with extra earrings and bracelets in our studio-gallery. So I have decided to have a short, sharp Spring Sale. It will run from today until the 30 September.

So if you want to pick up a set of earrings or a cuff bracelet and get 20% off  then head over to my online shop.



Apart from photographing earrings and bracelets and doing the tedious task of uploading them into the shop, I have made quite a number of larger patinated leaf forms to go into a friend's new timber, fine furniture and art shop. But more on that later.