Sunday, September 24, 2017

Words to focus the day

©2017 Barry Smith - Hammered bowl with rusted sprocket
Over the weekend I managed to finish 4 sets of Daily Leaf Words. The motivation was that I had sold my last set.

Many folk are aware that these sets started out as a mini version of Fiona and my daily exercise of each drawing out an inspiration word out of forty that Fiona has written in calligraphy on decorated light card rectangles.

Initially I made sets that had seven inspirational words stamped on small flat rectangular pieces of silver-plated EPNS or copper. These were presented in a shallow hammered silver-plated bowl. But my Peace Leaves inspired me to stamp the words onto metal blanks and turn them into small leaves. The seven leaves in and around the small hammered bowl looks a little more sculptural; and I think attractive. So Daily Word sets became Daily Leaf Word sets. The current set of words are: love, wonder, peace, hope, shine dream and joy.

The sets have turned out well - similar but unique.

©2017 Barry Smith - Fine concentric circles
©2017 Barry Smith - Reverse side of the hammered bowl
©2017 Barry Smith - Fine concentric circles
©2017 Barry Smith - Very worn silver-plate - quite a bit of copper showing through
A few photos of the process.

©2017 Barry Smith - Metal cut for Daily Leaf Words, Peace Leaves and Leaf Spoons
©2017 Barry Smith - The bench with bowls and leaves in progress
©2017 Barry Smith - Assorted hammers on the bench
©2017 Barry Smith - Twenty eight leaf words - each leaf os 7cm-7.5cm long
The sets are now ready to go to new homes.

©2017 Barry Smith
A few small hammer bowls made from silver-plated copper offcuts.

©2017 Barry Smith - Four small hammered bowls on stone


  1. Barry, your work holds such spirit. These bowls hold more than Peace leaves; they hold intention as if to say we serve the world with our hearts, our thoughts and most of all our actions...

  2. I love waking up to posts from Australia. And even though we work in different media, still I find inspiration here, over and over again.

    Thank you for being on the other side of the world ...

  3. I received a Peace Leaf passed to me from one of your artist friend in Malaysia. It is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent and gifts to the world Barry!


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