30 May 2011

Die Zwitscher-Maschine

Eine andere Zwitscher-Maschine, es ist gemütlich!

Twittering Machine

This is a weird object. Spectacular!
The symbology is baffling- a gun that 'shoots' a bird- is this old time irony?
I would like to acknowledge Jesse for bringing this to my attention!

27 May 2011

Monzo | Tokyo

Brooches and earrings by Marc Monzo.
18kt Drawings at Gallery Deux Poissons, Tokyo.
Would love to be there, but alas, not this time.
Opens June 3rd.

26 May 2011

Missing Jewellery

Im pretty disappointed that I missed bidding on this print- Umetaro Azechi- one of my favorite Japanese printmakers- and it was passed in, reserve of $50!
The subject is unusual ( mountaineers are more typical) 
But would have been perfect for me.

24 May 2011

22 May 2011


I made this grotesque head when I was about 12, sometime before The Sardine. I modelled it out of wet concrete- I remember this was very difficult because of this medium being very saggy. No wonder he looks punch drunk. What a biffer! Dad set him into the wall, as one would. (?!) And here I am sticking him up on my blog- even worse. So I guess we're all stuck with him.

17 May 2011

Quasi-review: Tut's Tote

Tutankhamun. Some of his stuff is at the Melbourne Museum at the moment.
Did I say stuff? - sorry,  I meant treasure.
Egyptian metalwork is especially interesting to me, so of course I took the family along to see.
"No Photos allowed."
Well there goes that blog post.

Still, let's press on bravely, using wall paintings and old photos that are public domain.

To put it in a technical perspective, Egyptian metalworkers didnt use steel tools*.
 (Tut was from the late bronze age).
Almost every tool in the workshop of today's goldsmith has steel parts.

Here is a wall painting of an Egyptian goldsmith working at a small furnace, possibly soldering- using a blow pipe to make the fire hotter, and using tongs- probably of copper or bronze.

Again, more detail this time, ancient goldsmiths at work; weighing ingots of gold ( dig the bull's head weight)- and various manual tasks; scribing,  chiseling, adzing. ( I think those black objets they are working on are carved wooden forms that are then overlaid with gold sheet.) The guys on the bottom left are bearing finished items- I see a beaded neck-piece.

Carter brushing dust of Tut's sarcophagus. The outer one here is wood overlaid with gold sheet (thicker than gold leaf)- very skillfully applied, such continuous sheet ( seams are not visible anyway)

These were very intersting objects in the exhibition; a horn and its last; an insert to protect the form- (not a mute for Egyptian Jazz??) This was of very thin sheet metal, quite finely smitten.

Love a bit of bad conservatorial practice- someone actually played this horn to see what it would sound like!
(He's probably from the Peabody?)

And here is the back of Tut's mask. For once. There he goes...

My little Joe made up a song about Tutankhamun:

"Toooot-n-car-min! doot-n-doo-doo!"

Its catchy.

*well, if you want to be pettyfogging, there were some iron tools and weapons in Egypt as early as 4000BC, made from a iron-nickel alloy found in meteors- which was rare and probably more highly prized than gold at the time, and therefore probably only for ceremonial use...but I digress.

Cue Jonathan Richman, and I'm out.

10 May 2011

Sphere of Thought

Having sorted out their need for food and shelter, and maybe love, some folks think about some very obscure stuff. 

3 May 2011


Gold Aster studs...
Vermeil in the shop, or solid 22k yellow gold by by request

2 May 2011

Baby Spoon

Pure silver baby spoon.
Perfect for mushed-up gloop!
Coming soon to the Golden Smith Shop...

1 May 2011

Inner Beauty

I saw my surgeon last week.
We looked at the latest x-ray of my lungs.
He said: Ahh... beautiful! Looks beaut-i-ful. Couldn't be a better result.
So I'm beautiful on the inside (?)
I was so cheered-up by this, Peter Sellers and Claudine Longet were dancing in my mind!
(and that maid and the gypsy! And the baby elephant!)

Thanks for all your nice comments everyone, I really appreciated them!