Sunday, July 27, 2014

Box and bowls

I managed to finish the metal treasure box for Helen over the weekend; continued work on the shallow hammered bowls for the Daily Words commission; and just did a little work on a few Starburst Bowls in the making.

The metal treasure box is made from two recycled rectangular silver-plated EPNS trays with intricate designs on them - quiet a bit of metal - the lid measures 18x11.5x3.2cm. Both the lid and bottom are riveted with copper rivets. The bottom fits very snugly into the lid; and both are bound with a 25mm wide strip of soft grey leather.


©2014 Barry Smith - Larger metal treasure box - side
©2014 Barry Smith - Larger metal treasure box - top
©2014 Barry Smith - Larger metal treasure box - view of lid and bottom
The photos below show the next 10 bowls for the Daily Words commission - hammered with wooden mallet into the shallow bowl form; and then hammered on the anvil for texture and strength.

©2014 Barry Smith - Bowl on the anvil
©2014 Barry Smith - Bowls in front of the anvil
©2014 Barry Smith - Ready for another annealing and reshaping
And whilst working on the Daily Words bowls I continued the process of forming some small Starburst bowls.

©2014 Barry Smith - Starburst bowls under water in the rough in the quenching basin
The small Starburst bowls are being made from recycled bases off goblets, egg holders and vases.

All in all a good outcome for the weekend given we needed to fit in life, house and gardening. I think I'm tired now.

8 comments:

  1. = ) LOVE your bowls..so pretty!

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  2. What a productive weekend you and Fiona have had. Helen's box is exquisite. Enjoy!

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  3. One treat after another! The box is just beautiful, and watching the bowls and star bursts appear is just a joy!

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  4. Love that box. Do wish we could come up to visit but not sure how well the patient is progressing, won't really know if we can escape for a day until we get there.

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  5. Your work is beautiful Barry. The box is to hold some treasures, but it is of course a treasure itself!

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  6. Hi S, J, C, P & H - thanks for the comments - always good to have positive feedback from fellow artists. S - thanks - lots more bowls to happen. J - some weekends just turn out good - I'm sure Helen will be pleased that others think her treasure box is good. C - i love that the discards can become starbursts. P - thanks - it would be good to see you. H - thanks - hope it lives up to expectations. All - go well. B

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  7. I'm caught up again after scrolling down through your posts... love the boxes and bowls and wonderful bird and bat houses.

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  8. Hi VA - always good to get the time to check friends and fellow artists out - thanks for your positive reaction to the boxes, bowls and bat houses. Enjoy your renovations. Peace. B

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Comments are welcomed - it is good to connect with fellow travellers.