15 Feb 2020

Marieke de Waard watercolors

I’m very proud of my mom, Marieke de Waard, because she had two of her beautiful watercolour paintings accepted in a national juried watercolour exhibit in California. Not only were they accepted, but one of those paintings was chosen to be front and center not only on the publicity materials but also on the local newspaper!

These are the two paintings.

The first is of a fish hatchery in Northern California. The strong architectural style, bold contrast with the white background and unusual subject matter make this painting stand out.



The second brings an architectural approach to an organic subject, namely a field of corn. The restricted colour palette and beautifully light touch with the sun diffusing through the tops of the corn also makes this a real showstopper.





Here is the Fish Hatchery as featured in the publicity materials. 






Find more of my mom’s fantastic paintings on her website here:  http://www.art-is-davis.com/

2 Jan 2020

Happy New Year!

It's the new year! Happy 2020 everyone! I have many plans for this year, not least the exciting work on the jewellery book. The publication date has been moved back slightly to July of this year, but all is going at a pace in the background. The photos are looking amazing, the text and photos are being put together, and Janet and I have starting editing and we're looking at EVERY DETAIL. There was much excitement when we discovered the book is already on Amazon!!!! No pressure then!!! ha!

Here's the link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silver-Jewellery-Making-step-step/dp/1782217355/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=make+jewellery&qid=1575366994&sr=8-1
and we've even set up author pages so if you click on our names you get way more info on us then you're ever likely to need.

Here is a sneak peek of one of the photos. The designer and photographer put together this photo of the polishing tools and it looks like a painting! I've never seen polishing tools look so pretty!


In other news, in November I brought a selection of jewellery to the always lovely New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham. Not only do they have an excellent jewellery display, there are always interesting other crafts to see there, such as fabulous ceramics! You can see my work on the New Ashgate website here: https://www.newashgate.org.uk/shop_artists/7702/c/101/machi-de-waard/jewellery

Also in November, I taught a very fun and succesful class at Henley School of Art. Everyone made fabulous silver rings and the atmosphere was great.






In my other classes in Reading and in Chesham, students continue to make beautiful and unique pieces. (for information on upcoming classes, see http://www.machidewaard.co.uk/classes/)

Twisted wire bangle with thin round wire and thicker square wire - tricky soldering the join! -by John

Lovely textured rivet swivel locket with a great weight to it - by Hilary

Interesting stone with very flat sides, so set from the back - this is the front with very crisp edges to best show off the stone - by Lucy

Double ring with loose 9ct yellow gold brackets soldered around them - but loose so you can fiddle with the rings - by Natalie

Set of rose gold spiral earrings with crystals on a wire wrap loop - by Jo (fabulous Christmas presents)

24 Sep 2019

Silver Jewellery Making: the book!

I am writing a book about how to make silver jewellery through 7 projects with my good friend and fellow jeweller, Janet Richardson. We have been working on it for over a year now and this summer we did a series of photoshoots at our publisher, Search Press. It's been a really interesting process and we still have quite a way to go before any actual book appears!!! Our publication date is 2 April 2020!

Here are some photos of what we've been up to:

Our brilliant photographer, Mark, taking photos of sawblades

Janet and me hard at work. I had to wear a white coat to avoid reflecting shadows on to the photos

One of our sample pieces for the book

Preparing and labelling samples to bring to the photoshoots

Juan, the creative director, making a group of tools look beautiful!

In front of the Search Press building

Preparing a photo of a sample work bench

23 Sep 2019

Jewellery class in Henley-on-Thames

I taught a day class on how to make silver rings at the lovely Henley School of Art in August and it was a wonderful day with lots of rings made!


Jewellery class at Henley School of Art



Here are some photos from the ring making day:


Using pliers to twist silver

Jo really getting into hammering

a bit of soldering

a silver ring in progress

learning how to solder

Sawing to form a perfect join

Everyone with one or two of their finished silver rings



You can learn the basics of silver jewellery making a wear a piece you made yourself by the end of the course! Courses are 10:30am-4:30pm and include all tools and materials. For more information and to book, see the Henley School of Art website here: www.thehenleyschoolofart.com/courses

The next course is:

Introduction to silver jewellery making: make two silver rings: Thursday 21 November 2019

23 Jun 2019

Jewellery classes in Henley-on-Thames

I will be teaching a few single day courses at the Henley School of Art in Henley-on-Thames starting in August. A lovely studio location in the heart of Henley!

Jewellery class at Henley School of Art


Learn the basics of silver jewellery making a wear a piece you made yourself by the end of the course! Courses are 10:30am-4:30pm and include all tools and materials. For more information and to book, see the Henley School of Art website here: www.thehenleyschoolofart.com/courses

Introduction to silver jewellery making: make two silver rings: Thursday 8 August 2019

Introduction to silver jewellery making: make a silver pendant: Thursday 19 September 2019

Introduction to silver jewellery making: make two silver rings: Thursday 21 November 2019







13 May 2019

Whiteknights Studio Trail 15 - 16 June 2019

Whiteknights Studio Arts Trail is only a month away! 15 - 16 June a bunch of venues will be open each day from 11-6 around the Whiteknights area in Reading. I will be at Venue 11, The Barn, 37 Upper Redlands Road RG1 5JE. These three pairs of earrings will be there, all brand new designs:




26 Apr 2019

Benchpeg


I found an old post about my benchpeg, showing its gradual changes of shape and size. So, to update...this is my benchpeg in 2011 and today in 2019. Still the same one, but especially the left side keeps getting shorter!

2011




2019