Sunday, January 3, 2016

Endings and beginnings

What more fitting way is there to start the 2016 art year than by completing a piece that was started in 2015 and starting new work.

The ending part was finishing an Artisan Lamp that I stated with my friend Jeff when he visited over a week ago - we spent a great afternoon working together on Artisan Lamps - we finished his so he could take it home with him. My completed lamp is below.

©2016 Barry Smith - Blowtorch Artisan Lamp - started 2015
©2016 Barry Smith - Blowtorch Artisan Lamp - started 2015
I love how Artisan Lamps always start with taking things apart and doing all the cleaning, threading and polishing and then assembling.

©2016 Barry Smith - Artisan Lamp - ready for assembly
The new commission I have started included cutting up a medium sized food serving tray with lid.

©2016 Barry Smith - Base of serving tray - dismantled with side grinder and flame
©2016 Barry Smith - Lid of serving tray - dismantled with side grinder and flame
And harvesting enough pies to make: two Daily Word sets; 3 Fungi Bowls; two pendants; two spiral bracelets; two spiral rings; two sets of earrings; three leaves; and a set of fragment bowls  - all ready as you can see from the photo below. It is all a matter of envisaging the pieces before one starts cutting and sweating bits off.

©2016 Barry Smith - Harvested and partially formed metal
And the next project will be to make two Blowtorch Artisan Lamps from blowtorches that are part of the client's family history.

©2016 Barry Smith - The next challenge
As you can see from the photo above  - Artisan Lamps can start with some pretty worn and dirty objects - but I know these will come up well - as you will see in a future blog post.


  1. Oh but I do love seeing process! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Not only do I love seeing your process but I'm so inspired by your progression over the years. Your talents soar, Barry!

  3. so very cool. i've never really seen (or paid close attention) to the before and after of the lamps. amazing.

  4. Seeing the transformation of your work from the beginning to the ending is always pure inspiration. I always look forward to seeing what old, unused metal becomes in your talented hands. Thank you for that!

  5. All of your Artisan Lamps are really cool, Barry! But I especially love your blowtorch lamps. Thanks for sharing the process and the detailed photos.

  6. Hi L, C, V, AA & GB - thanks to you all for taking both the time to visit and to leave a comment - keeps the sense of connection going. L, C & AA - I always enjoy seeing the processes of other artists - so it encourages me - glad you also enjoy it. V - thanks. GB - the blowtorch lamps are cool but in a way also quite simple. All - go well. B


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