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Islands? Archipelagos?

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…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 17, 2016 at 2:26am — No Comments

A Quick But Packed Post!

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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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 7, 2016 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Memento Mori and Bedlam

The Big Issue - 1 - Lois Wiseman

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 31, 2016 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Transformations

David Poston Retrospective - Preview - 3



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…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 23, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Posting About Poston

In Conversation With David Poston - 1



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…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 17, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

2016 Begins

Back in Birmingham again and I've been doing a lot of work at my new house, including planning to remove this horrible wallpaper...

Atomic



It seems that it is not possible to buy a house without finding a hideous wallpaper somewhere in…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 10, 2016 at 2:34pm — 4 Comments

2015 - Big Changes: Review of the Year

Pointing-Tool Bracelet - 14

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...



January

A busy month, making up work for…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 30, 2015 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

'Twas The Night Before...

Almost.



A short post as I'm on holiday now in Brighton.

West Pier Sunset



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,…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 23, 2015 at 10:28am — No Comments

Technology & Connections

JUNK again!…
JUNK: Rubbish To Gold - Auction Win 1

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 13, 2015 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Lot Fifty-Eight

Lot Fifty-Eight - Selling Show - 1



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…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 6, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

That Was The Week That Was...

Not even December!



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…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 29, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Chrysalis

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.

Chrysalis - 6



This was a particularly interesting show as it was…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 22, 2015 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Punk, JUNK (and not junk)

JUNK: Rubbish To Gold - 6



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…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 13, 2015 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Art Medals

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.

Art Medals: History, Philosophy and Practice - Symposium - 2



This week saw the opening of the Symposium that I organised…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 8, 2015 at 3:03pm — 2 Comments

Cutting Ties

Autumn Cherry



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…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 3, 2015 at 2:12pm — 2 Comments

East Meets West - West Meets Further West

East Meets West Exhibition - 2



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…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 24, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Frontiers Of All Sorts

Fei Liu Exhibition - School of Jewellery - 1

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…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 18, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

From Junk To Discarded Vegetables

JUNK: Rubbish To Gold

Another busy week, starting early on with the first stirrings of the performance-making-piece "JUNK: Rubbish To Gold" by Jivan Astfalck in which…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 11, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Automata, Blue John and Samurai

AND back at the bench! Hooray!

Temporary Workbench - 2



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…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 3, 2015 at 2:51pm — 2 Comments

Welcomes and Inductions and More

Paper Chain And New Students



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…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 27, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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