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