Thursday, April 29, 2010


these pages are from a sketchbook from when I was in 3rd year Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT. many years ago.
I remember that I was finding it hard to start a new body of work and was wanting to create work that was my own, which probably sounds strange, but sometimes being a student you are surrounded with current thoughts and images which can creep into your own vernacular. So I went back to something that was uniquely my own, a small metal box from my childhood which held the things that I thought were 'precious'. I took all the things that were in the box and quickly sketched them, hoping that the sketches would lead me somewhere new.

A year or 2 later when I was writing the proposal for my Masters, these images lead me to the title I used for the body of work that became my Masters body of work.

These are the things that hold me here ( a house, a vessel, a shell, a ring)


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

green sapphires

9ct white gold Victorian ring set with Australian green sapphires.
It is important to me to use stones that are sourced locally. Often with Australian sapphires there is inconsistency with colours that are available, with green sapphires there are many shades within the one parcel of stones. I like this very much. I went through a parcel of about 200 stones to select the 16 that are in this ring, and the colours are all slightly different, which is what makes this ring more special and interesting ( in my opinion.)


Thursday, April 22, 2010

shopping list

shopping list found outside Piedamonte's Supermarket in North Fitzroy more than 10 years ago


Monday, April 19, 2010

ordinary things

i like these lines from a song by Bill Callahan:

I started out in search
of ordinary things /
How much of a tree
bends in the wind / I
started telling the story
without knowing the end /...

...I ended up in search
of ordinary things / like how can
a wave possibly be /...

Jim Cain from Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle


Sunday, April 18, 2010

promise and prosperity

I love making rings.
I hope to one day make the 'perfect' ring, perfect according to my definition of what is perfect.
Sometimes when I think of rings, I think just of circles. Circles with different profiles and colours and textures.

When I make a ring by hand, even using the same materials and processes, each time I make it, the ring will be different. Sometimes I may take off more metal in one section, or I use a different file or grade of emery paper and that affects the end result. Sometimes decoration and colour change the initial form, sometimes a ring is just left as a circle.
Here are three rings that can be worn separately or together. Three different rings. Three different circles.

This ring is called the Promise ring and is made from 18ct white gold.

promise n. 1. a declaration made, as to another person, with respect to the future, giving assurance that one will do, not do, give, not give, etc., something...

This ring is called the Prosperity ring and is made from 18ct yellow gold.

prosperity n., prosperous, flourishing, or thriving condition; good fortune; success.

This ring is called the Perfect ring and is made from 18ct yellow gold.

perfect adj. 1. in a state proper to a thing when completed; having all essential elements, characteristics,etc.; lacking in no respect; complete...

( I acknowledge Vikki Kassioras in the naming of these rings, I was going to call the wide gold ring the attachment ring and she came up with promise and prosperity. Perfect was my own doing.)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Significant ring


I called this ring the significant ring.
It is about 7.5mm wide, and is hand carved. I decided to leave the file marks in so the process of  making became the decorative detail. I worked a long time on the inside of the ring so that it feels very smooth and is comfortable to wear.

significant  adj. 1. important; of consequence. 2.expressing a meaning; indicative. 3. having a special or covert meaning; suggestive. -n. 4. Archaic. something significant; a sign.

this ring is available at e.g.etal


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Random ring


Random ring
18ct yellow gold set with Tourmalines, sapphires, ruby and diamonds


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Three Muses

Vikki Kassioras has a window exhibition, Three Muses, at Craft Victoria. It is on until 2nd May.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010



from the garden


Monday, April 5, 2010



bird ring
Calcutta, c.1850
Gold ruby sapphire garnet

Dholpur 1850
Enameled gold set with diamonds

Europe 1600-1650
Gold, rock crystal

all from the V&A

Friday, April 2, 2010


old Afghan tassel