The Tin Shed Summer ArtFest

Alan Taylor, Artist - Renard the Forever Alert Fox The Tin Shed is a new virtual venue for LoveArtNorthEast’s pop up fairs and exhibitions. This group of North East artists and makers usually holds regular art markets in Newcastle, together with a number of seasonal and one-off events. None of this has been possible this … Continue reading The Tin Shed Summer ArtFest

Falling Leaves

It's still officially summer, despite the weather today feeling more like October. However, the nights are definitely drawing in now, and there is a backend-ish feeling in the air. I'm not a lover of late summer, and I'm already looking forward russet and golden leaves, misty mornings, and cosy log fires. In anticipation of autumn, … Continue reading Falling Leaves

Barley and Wheat

I made this silver and ceramic pendant using a piece of sea-weathered pottery from a beach in Fife, Scotland. I count it as one of my luckier beachcombing finds, because it's a fairly regular shape, and the ear of wheat just sits in a nice diagonal across the surface. So many pieces of sea glass … Continue reading Barley and Wheat

Moon Gazing Hares

I made the first of these moon gazing hare designs back in the spring, and they have proved very popular with my customers. I have gradually been adding new items and variations, and have plans for more, as and when I have time. The collection was inspired by the hares who are regular visitors to … Continue reading Moon Gazing Hares

Summer Gift Ideas

June is nearly over, so I thought it's high time I shared some gift ideas for those with summer birthdays. First up are my Daisy designs, mostly made from silver and brass, but I have recently added a pendant set with a beautiful golden yellow citrine. The designs are as neat and fresh as the … Continue reading Summer Gift Ideas

Queen Anne’s Lace

"Lost lanes of Queen Anne's lace, And that high-builded cloud Moving at summer's pace." (from Cut Grass by Philip Larkin) I have developed a bit of an obsession with Queen Anne's lace this May and June. I think this is partly because it seems to be a particularly good year for this graceful plant, and … Continue reading Queen Anne’s Lace

Bamburgh

I should have been spending today in the lovely coastal village of Bamburgh, taking part in a craft fair in Bamburgh Pavilion. Obviously it's a minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things, but it is really sad that all the fairs, markets, and shows that take place in communities up and down the county … Continue reading Bamburgh

Process – Oxidisation

Day 6 of the jewellery Insta challenge, and I’m still going strong. The prompt today is Process, so I thought I’d share a series of pictures showing the process of oxidising and polishing one on my moon-gazing hare pendant sets. The roughly polished silver pieces are dropped into a warm solution of liver of sulphur … Continue reading Process – Oxidisation

Tool Collection and Workshop Assistant

I’m combining two days of Instagram challenge posts here, because the two topics, Tool Collection and Workshop Assistant, are related. First up is part of my collection of jewellery-making tools, majoring on my pliers and snippers. The more observant amongst you will notice that this is a better quality image than most of my snaps. … Continue reading Tool Collection and Workshop Assistant

My Workspace

Today’s Instagram jeweller challenge picture is My Workspace. I’m just sharing a close up of a couple of bits that I’m working on at the moment. More will be revealed later in the week (she said mysteriously). The ring will become one of my Silver Birch rings, and I’m making it to order for a … Continue reading My Workspace