Friday, more flotsam experiments …

Friday, a week into having an independant studio to work in.

Being alone is turning out to be pretty damn inspiring. I’ve had a chance to get ideas down on paper and develop them gently through the day. It’s been one of those weeks that’s made me happy to be a craftsperson and reminds you why you scrimp, save and work dingy part time jobs to pay for the time to play with metal.

I got my bag of driftwood out of storage when I moved and went through my beachy photos. Looking back at my last trip to Wales and the drfitwood spoons I made then I realised again how great a combination wood and silver can be – so I’ve set out to make some more ‘found object’ pieces. Here’s an almost complete picture of one of the necklaces I made today, following a quick sketch:

Flotsam Salvage Necklace (in pieces)

Then I found, in amongst the stash of driftwood, a really nicely coloured section of wood so I went a little crazy and made some brooches too:

New Salvage pieces in progress

and another necklace. Then I dropped them all at the Assay Office on my way home. More pictures when I pick them u next week!

*Good Day*

Building the New Studio – Part One

The chaos of tidying ... So, preparations are beginning for the move out of my Design Space studio and into my own home. Arg!

I started clearing the space today, fought off some seriously scary spiders, one tenacious slug and rather a lot of dust bunnies to claim enough space to get a bench and some shelving up.
I appreciate that it doesn’t look like a lot just yet, but look how lovely and light the space is going to be.  Building things is always very exciting …
I terms of actual, work related, news I have a beautiful new stockist, Janet Bell in Anglesea, who’ll be getting a parcel of my Tenby Street range very soon! Check out her gorgeous site here