Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The spots are back this Open Studios!

 Spotty Hydrangea Necklace
silver, labradorites & rose quartz

Spotty Hydrangea earrings

Apologies for my lateness with providing Open Studios details. I've usually done my post before now, but I've been having trouble getting into my blogger account. At last, I'm in! 

It has been a pretty busy couple of months getting all my galleries restocked and refreshed for Christmas and I am now almost ready for Coburg House Open Studios, starting on Friday evening. Well, myself and Kaz Robertson still have a lot to do which includes much cleaning and making the place look festive! You are all welcome to come along to our Private View this Friday (details above). If you can't make it along for a glass of vino, then do try and make it over the weekend (Sat & Sun 11am - 6pm). It really is the perfect chance to get some unique Christmas presents and for yourself too ;-)
I will be having a big clear out with up to 70% discount and even more on some sample and 'end of line' pieces. 

If you have followed my work since my degree show back in 2001, you will remember my signature spotty imprint on some of my pieces. This started off as a happy accident when I begun to fuse silver sheet pieces on a jeweller's honeycomb brick (used for soldering). Well, somewhere along the way, I lost the technique of spot catching. The heat of the torch, the length of time involved fusing and the brick itself are all important when creating this spotty pattern.  After finding some old bricks (they used to have  a smoother texture than they do now), I have managed to produce the spots again! I have missed them :-) Above are a couple pieces from my new 'Hydrangea' collection with my honey comb spots :-) These will be on display on the weekend amongst lots of other treasures.

If you can't make it to the Open Studios you are quite welcome to arrange an appointment with me on another day or you can visit my online shop at www.donnabarry.com.

Have a very happy Christmas if I don't see you.
Best wishes

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Back to White

'Long Snow bud Cluster' necklace
silver, labradorites & citrines

After a few years of thinking my work looks great photographed on a grey background, I've had a change of heart and with the help of some much appreciated feedback I've decided to go back to white. Using beautiful rich coloured stones like these citrines, the white really brings out the colours.This does however mean more work with regards to how the website looks! What have I got myself into?!
So here we have my latest special piece. Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on a collection of necklaces which you can see here on my FB page. This one above is my favourite and I have plans to make more long cluster pieces like this. If there are any colour suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

The next few weeks is going to be based on working around these necklaces and making pieces of jewellery to compliment them. They'll then be ready for sending off to new and current stockists for (dare I say it) Christmas!

I'll keep you posted on upcoming exhibitions and stockists. Keep checking the stockist and exhibition listings down on the right hand side too.

Bye for now x

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

It's Summer 2013 and it's Open Studios time!

'Oval Petal' Necklace
Silver, 18ct yellow gold & rutilated quartz

 'Oval Petal' earings
Silver & 18ct yellow gold
I have I know been neglecting my poor blog and my followers of late, in fact it has been eight whole months! A lot has happened in that time with work and my personal life. All good things though :-) With the Make Your Own Wedding Ring workshops taking off this year, moving house, becoming an auntie for the first time AND taking driving lessons, it has been a busy year so far. And now since my last post, it is Open Studios time once again! Just where has the time gone?!

This Friday (Aug 2nd) we open our doors to the public. As usual there will be great art and crafts to view and purchase with many artists and makers including myself having big clear outs. You know what that means.....Big sales!

My new 'Oval Petal' necklace (above) will be on display and for sale along with the Oval Petal earrings which are now back in stock :-)

If you've not been along to recent events, just to remind you that myself and Kaz Robertson have moved to the Loft Studios. You'll find us in the first studio you come to on the top floor (Studio 46). I will also be available to chat to any couples about making their own wedding rings with myself and Hannah Louise Lamb.

We'll be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday (2nd, 3rd and 4th) 11am until 6pm. There will also be an opening on Friday night 6-9pm, so if any of you lovely followers would like to join us for a glass of wine, you are more than welcome.

If you can't make it along this time, do not fear, you can always head over to my website or to the Coburg House Studios website and look at our artists and designer makers. Click on your artist of choice and it should lead you to their website.

That's all for now lovelies and I promise I won't leave it so long next time! Hope to see you on the weekend :-)

Donna x

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Coburg House Christmas Open Studios 2012

 Vintage Mirror Necklace with Oval Sapphire
Silver, labradorites and sapphire

'Frill' labradorite ring and 'Four Circle' labradorite ring
Silver & labradorites
£185 each

After a long day with my eyes fixed on the laptop and a few secretarial errors along the way, I have finally got around to posting some info on the Open Studios. Above is a Private View invite for you all. I do hope you can make it along at some point across the weekend. Unfortunately, I'll not be there on Sat 1st December as I am going to a wedding. However, my studio will still be open and the fantastic Miss Jackie will be available to help you!

As you can see above, I have made a few pieces with stones set in them. I bought these cabochon stones the last time I was in Hatton Garden and shortly after lost this beautiful oval sapphire. I was disappointed but I had faith that it would turn up, and it did. I obviously had chucked it in my little bag drawer along with all my other bags when tidying up.  
I haven't had much time on my hands to do much more of the stone setting but at least this is a little taster for the Open Studios. I hope to set aside some time in the new year to work on more pieces like these and perhaps with gold. This is just the beginning. I hope you like :-)

Just in case you missed the last Open event, I have now moved, still within Coburg House of course. I am now in the Coburg Loft, studio 46. It is the first one you come to on the top floor.

Hope to see you there!

Donna x

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

DAZZLE Manchester at The Royal Exchange Theatre

Circular leaf Necklace
Silver, 18ct gold & Aventurine

Having been working hard at the bench making stock and new pieces for Christmas, I've hardly had time to sit down and tell you about what's coming up.
I've updated my stockists and forthcoming exhibitions down the right hand side with links, so you can see where you can find my work at the moment and during the festive season.
Do remember also, my online shop at www.donnabarry.com is up and running and I'm pleased to say the Christmas orders have started coming in :-)

Dazzle at Christmas is as always the biggie. The work has been sent (hooray!) and Tony and Christine along with the help of the Dazzle girls will start setting up the exhibition tomorrow at The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. DAZZLE opens on Saturday, so if you're in and around the area, pop in. From a selection of fifty odd jeweller's work, you are sure to find the perfect gift for Christmas or a treat for yourself :-)
If you can't make it there or you live elsewhere, remember there's always Lovedazzle, the online shop. Not forgetting of course also, DAZZLE in London at the National Theatre.

Keep checking here for new pieces and any updates over the next couple of weeks. Open Studios is almost upon us once again. This time we will be open on the 1st and 2nd December. Watch this space for more details.

I'll be back very soon x

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

The Final Piece

'Snow Flower' Neckpiece.
Silver, 18ct yellow gold, green tourmaline and faceted peardrop citrines.

Phew! Just dropped off the finished 'Growing Talent' Exhibition piece at the Assay Office this morning. Quite some mind space has been taken up with this one over the last couple of months. This time next week it will be heading down to London for a photo shoot. However, I thought I should get a professional photo of my own taken first. I asked the very talented new Coburger Marc Millar to take a couple of shots. I think I will have to get some more done when some new work develops in the new year. Marc specialises in Wedding and PR photography. Check out his website here.

And now for Christmas...............................................................

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Goldsmith's Company 'Growing Talent' Exhibition

The materials

Petals laid out ready to fuse.

Fused centre piece for necklace alongside sketchbook designs.

The drawing of the centre piece and the real thing so far......

'Growing Talent' is an exhibition which will take place at the Goldsmith's Hall, London  next year to celebrate The Goldsmith's Fair 30th Anniversary. Every year at this prestigious Fair there are 10 new and upcoming jewellers and silversmiths who are given a free stand and a bursary for materials by the Goldsmith's Company. Now the bursary winners from over the past ten years or more have been asked to exhibit one piece that was displayed at their first Goldsmith's Fair and one new special piece in this exciting exhibition.

Remember back in May of this year, I told you about the stone setting course I took in Hatton Garden? Well, I've been putting a little practice in, not perfect to say the least, but at last it is time to incorporate this into the piece. The Edinburgh Craft maker Awards gave me some dosh to do the course and to buy the materials for the piece.
So last week, myself and Kaz were down in the Big Smoke for yet another Anniversary party, but that's another story for later. The next day, surprisingly hangover free, we ventured to Hatton Garden to spend the rest of my award money. I could shop for stones all day! However, I decided on this string of beautiful faceted peardrop citrines quite quickly as they just jumped out at me! Next, with the help of Kaz I chose two deep green pear shaped cabachon tourmalines, one for a mock up setting and one for the real thing. (I also bought a beautiful oval sapphire and some pink and green tourmalines for designs to come :-))

Yesterday, as you can see from the photos above, I nervously began making my necklace. Today, I have formed the centre piece and soldered the tubing onto the back for threading. I shall put some more photos of the piece in the making next week. But for now, wish me luck!