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This week kicked off with a flying visit by two wonderful jewellers from Chile, Nano Pulgar and Claudia Betencourt of WALKA Studios in Santiago.
I was introduced to them by Anastasia Young and as…
Added by The Justified Sinner on February 17, 2016 at 2:26am — No Comments
I've genuinely been run off my feet for the last couple of weeks, what with the change in modules for the students, my usual commitments as well as getting the new house ready to move into, so this is just going to be a super-fast resume of what happened this week...
First up was the last of the four "speed projects" for the BA Jewellery and Related Products at work. This week they were looking at 'Speculative Futures' and imagining the type of technology they would like to see in…
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Not much to report this week. I think that everything seems to quieten down for this dark period between new year and spring. I've mostly been working on the house and getting the students through their first…
Added by The Justified Sinner on January 23, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments
This week has been dominated by the arrival of David Poston at the School of Jewellery. a man of great intelligence, skill and charm who absolutely…
Added by The Justified Sinner on January 17, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Back in Birmingham again and I've been doing a lot of work at my new house, including planning to remove this horrible wallpaper...
It seems that it is not possible to buy a house without finding a hideous wallpaper somewhere in…
I would never have imagined in January of this year that I would end up in such a different situation from the one I was in...
A busy month, making up work for…
A short post as I'm on holiday now in Brighton.
Last week was fairly quiet, finishing with a student lunch on Friday before we split up for the winter break. I did get a chance to finish the last commission for Christmas,…
Added by The Justified Sinner on December 23, 2015 at 10:28am — No Comments
Another bonanza of a week as I returned to work on Tuesday after a long weekend in Brighton to all my students handing in their first assessment, which I then spent the week marking and writing up. (Photographs in next…
Added by The Justified Sinner on December 6, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Exhilarating and exhausting.
I'm recovering in Brighton for a long weekend with the howling winds of "Storm Clodagh" driving rain at the windows, a warm sofa and a raft of Hammer Horror films to watch and pizza from our favourite…
Another packed week, kicking off with the "Chrysalis" show of works-in-progress by the final-year BA students, a fascinating glimpse into what we can expect come summer 2016.
This was a particularly interesting show as it was…
Added by The Justified Sinner on November 22, 2015 at 12:51pm — No Comments
This was the week that the School of Jewellery hosted the recycling-performance work, "JUNK: Rubbish To Gold" with teams of the most experimental and interesting jewellers coming in - from as far afield as Ohio and Germany - to…
Two posts in the space of one week - so much going on and I still have the feeling that next week's post might be a busy one too.
This week saw the opening of the Symposium that I organised…
It's that time of year again.
Life in Birmingham continues apace and if I'm being honest, I have to confess that it all still feels a bit unreal. Reality came one step closer this week as I sold my Glasgow house…
First of all, I have to make it clear that the Justified Sinner is still alive and kicking. My website has gone offline whilst I change hosting companies due to a ludicrous hike in pricing at Small Business Host who previously…
Added by The Justified Sinner on October 24, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments
So we kick off this week with an correction and an apology. In my last blog, I credited the elegant champagne-flute holders which were used at the Fei Liu reception as having been "designed and made" by Paul…Continue
Another busy week, starting early on with the first stirrings of the performance-making-piece "JUNK: Rubbish To Gold" by Jivan Astfalck in which…Continue
Added by The Justified Sinner on October 11, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments
AND back at the bench! Hooray!
I've begun to catch up with commissions and making stock work. Immediately, I'm working on a piece incorporating a small 9ct Edwardian brooch and some of the metal found on Dungeness…
The new intake of students were in this week: gemmologists, horologists, jewellers, silversmiths, CAD designers; the new HND, BA, MA starts. It was brilliant to be in the school when it is buzzing and we spent Monday avoiding…
Added by The Justified Sinner on September 27, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments