Saturday, December 31, 2011

the chair on the edge of tomorrow

I just wanted to say a deep and heartfelt thank you to all of you who have followed my work and been a part of my life over the past year. You have all provided so much encouragement that it has made me feel really blessed. Your connection and support helps me believe in myself; that I can really do this.

Looking forward into the New Year I wish to continue on this journey, with only a part of the way lit ahead. Otherwise there would be no surprises.

I wish you all an inspiring and creative and fulfilling New Year.

Michele x

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


The Gatherer's Locket
37mm x 37mm, 21 inch chain

The Seer's Ring
size 8 3/4

The Dreamer's Bracelet

The Seeker's Necklace
pendant is 4 1/2 inches, chain is 15 1/2 inches to 17 1/2 inches

The Maker's Ring
size 8 1/4

The Weaver's Ring
Size 8 1/2

The Healer's Ring
size 5 3/4

The Keeper's Necklace
pendant is 3 inches (including bells) x 2 inches (at the widest section)
chain is 15 1/2 inches to 18 1/2 inches

All the jewellery will be listed in my Etsy store tomorrow night.  If you'd like to reserve a piece then just send me a convo and I'll make sure it's reserved for you when I list it.

Well that took longer than I thought it would, and now it is time for me to go to sleep. Michele x

Monday, December 19, 2011

a little update

EDIT:  Running late ... sorry! Aiming for 10:30pm :).

Yesterday a stone cracked while I was setting it and another design didn't really work out so I'm down to eight pieces.  I need to remake the bezel and replace the cracked stone but I don't have any time to do that now so that particular piece will have to wait until the new year.  The good news is that the eight pieces that I have are completely finished! I'll photograph them tomorrow and post the pictures here tomorrow night, Sydney time, around 8pm.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

a few things

I'm really close to finishing a little collection of jewellery I've been working on.  I have ten pieces completely soldered so there is just the sanding, polishing, stone setting, photographing and pricing to do.  I'm hoping to have everything finished by this time next week.

Besides making jewellery I've been doing all the "end of year" stuff.  Our pottery classes finished for the year last week.  The classes have been so relaxing and such a contrast to working with metal, the clay is so soft and the glazes are so unpredictable, it has been fun experimenting without worrying about the cost of materials.  My little ones have made wonderful things like spherical teapots,

and mermaids,

I made some little saggar fired pottery cups.  A saggar firing is when you place your pots into a saggar/container which is filled with sawdust, seaweed, oxides and organic materials, and then fired in the kiln.  I wrapped my cups in copper wire before I put them in the saggar, I love how they turned out, almost like batik fabric.

And I've been taking some photos.

Of the stormy seas (it has been coldest first week of summer in forty years).

Of birds; our new house is high on the hillside amongst the birds' nests and hollows.  I've always had to look up to see the birds and now I'm level with their homes. I'm hoping for a telephoto zoom lens for Christmas so I can photograph the little birds leaving their nests and learning to fly.

And photos of my little ones doing their end of year things. 
My daughter's piano concert.

And that's about it.  I'll be back soon with some jewellery to show you.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone in the US!

And a wonderful weekend, everyone else :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

eleven eleven

On Friday 11/11/11 we went to Sculptures by the Sea, Australia's largest annual sculpture exhibition.  The coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama beach is lined with over one hundred sculptures by Australian and international artists.  There are so many amazing inspiring sculptures, here are some of my favourites.

artist: Alison Lee Cousland

i have been dreaming to be a tree
artist: Byeong Doo Moon

ammonite 2006
artist: Bert Fllugelman

cover the rainbow
artist: Hyoung Kwon Kim

look this way
artist: Ken Unsworth

who left the tap running?
artist: Simon McGrath

private poetry 2010
artist: Richard Tipping

artist:  Sandra Pitkin

moebius in space planet
artist: Keizo Ushio

cellular memory
artist: Greer Taylor

childhood horizon
artist: Chen Wenling

isometric trinity
artist: Fatih Semiz

provenance (a gilt frame)
artist: Jane Gillings

transfiguration "unite" III
artist: Mitsuo Takeuchi

The exhibiton is on until Nov 20th, it's worth taking a stroll along the cliff top to have a look if you're in Sydney :).