Sunday, September 18, 2016

The "apprentice"; and display case for Fire Within mini sculptures

©2016 Fiona Dempster - Kath's hammered ladle bowl in the rough
We had a whirlwind 24 hour visit by our friend Kath from Melbourne. As is the case with our visitors Fiona and I offer them the opportunity to chill out or do some art play and chill out. Kath wanted to do some metal work with me and printing with Fiona. When asked what metal work she would like to do she nominated a ladle with a copper soldering iron handle. Had she done metal work before? No. We had a window of about 2-2.5 hours - was it possible to make a ladle from scratch in the time? We decided to give it a go.

My approach is to make one alongside the "apprentice" (as Kath called herself); and the "apprentice" makes her own doing all the same steps. The photos below show Kath at work.

©2016 Fiona Dempster  - Pressing the bowl
©2016 Fiona Dempster - Hammering the ladle bowl
©2016 Fiona Dempster - Hammering the iron ladle handle
©2016 Fiona Dempster - Drilling the ladle bowl ready for riveting
©2016 Fiona Dempster - Snipping the rivet
©2016 Fiona Dempster - Setting the rivet
©2016 Fiona Dempster - Hammering the brass rivet into place
©2016 Fiona Dempster - Bending the iron handle by hand
And the photo below show the two ladles completed - great job by Kath - another metal woman.

©2016 Fiona Dempster - Finished ladles on the annealing pit - Kath's has the square copper head on the handle
I have had a perspex display case made for the small Fire Within pieces. I want to send them off to Blackall (Qld) for the Heartland Festival art show. The display highlights the beauty and preciousness of the  pieces.

©2016 Barry Smith - Fire Within set out on the black perspex base of the display case
©2016 Barry Smith - Fire Within set out on the black perspex base of the display case
©2016 Barry Smith - Looking down through the top of the display case
©2016 Barry Smith - Side view of Fire Within in the display case the display case

A good weekend's work.


  1. Interesting metal work and technique.
    Of course, always more difficult than it looks.

  2. Kath has done a great job!
    Wish I lived closer to you so we could do some metal work together as well. That'd be fab.

    Gaby xox

  3. A good weekend's work indeed, Barry! Well done, Kath, that's a lovely ladle. Your display case really shows up the fire within, Barry. Your ingots are very special.

  4. Wonderful! Looks like a fun couple hours spent in the studio. Beautiful results for a first time metal woman. Kudos! Lovely way to display your "fire" pieces. Thanks for sharing, Barry. Always a treat!

  5. R, GB, P, C & AA - thanks for your comments - they help to keep me on a creative path. R - I love how the double layer of the metal pour turned out. GB - yes amazing outcome in such a short time. You would be most welcome in the garage-studio. P - thanks. C - glad you love the ingots. AA - knew that as a mental woman you'd appreciate Kath's work. All - go well. B


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