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Thanks For Everything!



Just spent the weekend in Brighton, a much needed break after the week of marking last week, marking the final submissions of our degree students. The above cake was a present from the lovely…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on May 26, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Rabbits, Glass Sheep, Ada Lovelace and Virginia Woolf in Hindi

Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat - WIP - 64



The main event this week has been completing my watch and chain for the ACJ exhibition "Sleight of Hand". The last element to be completed was the fitting of a glass to the 1838 silver watch-case which was…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on May 17, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

My Iron Lung - St Dauvit

Jan Donaldson

At last I can reveal the "secret project" I have been working on for the last month for "The Contemporary Jewellery Exchange 2015" in which various contemporary jewellers around the world create…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on May 9, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Spring Break - A Holiday And A New Suit

I've been on holiday! Last thing on my bench were the silver "rabbit in a hat" charms, one of which I managed to set and polish:

Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat - WIP - 36



This one has 24 x 1.8mm garnets round it and I'm making others with…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on April 21, 2015 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

The Perils of "Secret" Projects!

Caledonian Sleeper Cufflinks Macquette - 1

This last couple of months has been absolutely unbearable for someone who enjoys sharing the progress of works online. First came the Caledonian Sleeper cufflink commission, then came my work with "The…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 29, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Time Between Posts!

Gets longer and longer.



I need to get into the habit of posting more frequently.



The last couple of weeks have been very busy, mainly working on the cufflinks for the Caledonian Sleeper which I am not allowed to show you until after the press-launch on 23rd March. It is a real production job and not the sort of thing I really enjoy, even though I am going to be so incredibly proud to know that my work is part of something so big and impressive.

Other than that,…
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Added by The Justified Sinner on March 13, 2015 at 4:16pm — No Comments

A Strange Definition of Mental Illness

I remember hearing an article on Radio 4's "All in the Mind" programme about how the definitions of mental illness were changing due to the re-writing of a single book which is generally used to define all mental illnesses. A psychiatrist who disagreed with the new definitions pointed out,



"most people in the west do not consider themselves to be fundamentally happy... because the majority of the population do not consider themselves to be happy, we could say that anyone…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 22, 2015 at 11:53am — No Comments

Disagreeing With TS Eliot...

... I find February to be by far the cruellest month and the raw, icy blasts this year have not done anything to make me change my mind.

Light Snow



Lots of odd things to report on since my last post, including a box of "gingerbread gimps"…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 11, 2015 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Here's Tae Us, And Wha's Like Us? A Perverse Post For Burns' Night!

Alasdair Gray Art Walk - 1



So I am not going to write about Robert Burns at all. I don't mind Robert Burns, but rather like too many things we were given in school, I have a limited tolerance for him and, as with Shakespeare, I regret the…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 25, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Time Flies

Sad Snowman



Somehow it is approaching the end of January and looking at my last blog post, Christmas and New Year seem so far away. I've been incredibly busy working on lots of small projects - largely re-stocking after pre-Christmas sales both…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 23, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Belated "Happy New Year"

Burning the Clocks - 12



SO, it is 2015 and I've not made a post for almost a month, which is most remiss. First of all, I wish everyone a happy and successful 2015 and hope that we can overcome what has not, generally, been a particularly…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 11, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Wish You A Merry...

Christmas Tat



The last few weeks have been busy but ultimately I've not really achieved very much. The photograph above just about sums up my current attitude to Christmas and the plasti-tat landfill festival it has come to represent, not much…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 24, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Festive Frenzy

Edinburgh Christmas - 5



A busy week in the run up to the festive season.



Kicked off with the pleasing completion of a watch-chain for my friend and colleague,…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 6, 2014 at 4:55am — No Comments

Long Winter Nights

Brooch By Dorothy Hogg



An eventful week which included my 50th birthday!



I've been in Edinburgh again for a couple of events, taking in the current show of work by the Northern Irish family of Silversmiths "The McCrory Family" as well as…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 23, 2014 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Masters of Modern Jewellery

Beetles & Huxley

A busy week! I spent all day in London on Thursday, first of all visiting a private breakfast view of the superb "Masters of Modern Jewellery" exhibition at…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 9, 2014 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Hallowe'en Post

Oooooo!



Last day of October and spooky hallowe'en is here again. I've never much bothered with the festival as I'm not much of a horror fan but this year I've been paying a bit more attention and have been finding it quite funny, especially…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 31, 2014 at 2:32pm — 2 Comments

Texas!

Texas Roadhouse



I've just got back from almost a week in the Lone Star State which I was visiting on the invitation of my friends and colleagues, James Thurman and Umut Demirguc Thurman. What a trip!



Based in Denton, Dallas, the main…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 21, 2014 at 2:27pm — 5 Comments

Gordon Millar, Dorothy Hogg and Melanie Eddy

The Gathering V - Dundee - 6



Gordon Millar, organiser of the "Scot Street Style" events.



What a whirlwind of a week!

It all kicked off on Saturday night with a visit to…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 9, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

London and the South/Dundee and the North

Kate Bush "Before The Dawn" - 4



Since my last post, I've been on the south coast of England, variously in London, Folkestone and Brighton. What should have been a very relaxing weekend proved to be anything but, albeit in a good way. Very…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 1, 2014 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Post-Referendum

Polling Place Way In - 2



I feel really deflated after all the stress leading up to the referendum and although my sleeping patterns are back to normal - for the four or five days prior to the event, I was getting about 2 hours a night! - I'm still…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 25, 2014 at 1:34am — No Comments

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