Wednesday, February 27, 2013

When collections coalesce

Its one of those funny things - you have all these little collections of objects in draws and on the floor; and then suddenly they shout out to be together and for you to do something with them.

©2013 Barry Smith - Pocket watch bodies and gas burner ring
I have a number of delicious collections of found objects including: pocket watch bodies; clock bodies; switches; brass circles; clock chimes etc. And these, as you can see from the photo below, are now all gathered on my sorting table in the garage-studio.

©2013 Barry Smith - Stash of collections spread on the sorting table
There are some great shapes.

©2013 Barry Smith - Gear wheels

©2013 Barry Smith - A little rusted-patina assemblage in its own right
©2013 Barry Smith - The beauty of Time
©2013 Barry Smith - Stash of pocket watch bodies
©2013 Barry Smith - Brass back plates 
©2013 Barry Smith - Switches 
©2013 Barry Smith - Clock chimes
©2013 Barry Smith - Gas burners and other brass rings
And now I will ponder these and decide which will coalesce to form a small assemblage. I think they will become a small series in there own right - I'm thinking Time and Light as the working title. This series will reflect a little more Steampunk in the various pieces. This will be work for further rainy days.

On another note the Precious Pieces blurb book has already arrived.

©2013 Barry Smith - Publication - Precious Pieces

I'm pleased how it has worked out - looks just as good 'in-the-flesh' as it did on the screen.


  1. My adventure through your post just now began with oohing and aahing over your delightful collections and quickly changed to salivating over them (not to mention all over myself...arg!). The possibilities! The sculptures! of making that awaits!

    1. Hi J - I must say I did laugh - I could almost imagine you having a slight and cultured drool over the bits. It is a good collection and I'm looking forward to creating a few bits. Go well. B

  2. ~you remind me of "hugo" with all these gadgets and bits of clocks...i am so happy that your book turned out well...always exciting when you get to see your work in a finished well and much love light and blessings~

  3. Looks like paradise to me. O to be immersed in all those lovely 'bits'

  4. how wonderful! the stuff, the stuff! and the book, congratulations, barry.

  5. My heart skipped a beat and then sped up as I saw your great stash of treasures. Very similar to my own stash so I look forward to seeing what you make of them. Congratulations on Precious Pieces, B, I'm sure it's a winner!

  6. Lovely to see your stash spread out all over your studio.... and then to see how you turn the bits into art.

  7. B!!! i'm so jealous with the clock parts!!! i do have a bag myself and dismantle when i run out of parts. the other day i just cut my hand dismantling one cos the spring jumped out at me UGH! Gas burners!!! who would have thought! you're a maestro in repurposing B ... you are. something to think about when my burner dies on me, which is going to soon i think. and congrats on receiving your 2nd edition ... the images on the cover looks super professional!

  8. B, JM, V, C, R & LT - collections do seem to get many of us going; and thanks for your congratulations on the Precious Pieces publication. B - I'm not sure who hugo is but I'm sure he must be ok if he is a collector of stuff. JM - paradise is right when collection come together. V - I think stuff is such a good word for our bits. C - I await your creations. R - I think that is one of the best parts - spreading the stash out and letting it talk to you. LT - sorry to hear about the clock spring - it happened to me once and nearly caused an eye injury - be careful. All go well and gather well. B


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