Thursday, January 29, 2015

Let it snow...

I was given a little thermos mug for my birthday to keep my tea and coffee warm when get distracted in my studio.  It also came in very handy for doing a 'take out' morning coffee when the first snow of the year fell on Yorkshire Wolds.  There is really nothing more transforming that a clean, fresh, dusting of snow and ice.  These snowflakes managed to build up an impressive volume on all the twigs, branches and wind weathered stalks.  It was a beautiful start to the day.  I shall have to remember to take my morning coffee 'out' more often.

Snow, January 2015


Monday, January 26, 2015

A Mosaic for Monday

Can there be a more beautiful time of the year?  Every morning has a crisp, clean edge and the evenings are edging each day with more seconds of light that gives everything a palpable tinge of something hidden and waiting, unfurling from a quiet hibernation.

Can there be anything more beautiful than waking up to the altered reflections of light levels in your upper rooms that can mean only one thing - that snow has fallen silently in the night with a muffled hushness.

1. red grouse-2, 2. Early Morning Light, Lochan Hakel, 3. fly past, 4. Clouds gather below Volovec, 5. cancellation hole, 6. sparkle wonderland, 7. Cyan and red, 8. finally, 9. Untitled
All of these, from my flickr favourites, convey a tiny corner of this state of winterdness.  In the meantime, I shall keep making up words that end in the suffix 'ness' and perplex English teachers everywhere with my irreverent attitude.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First new design off the bench for 2015

Towards the end of 2014 a new client got in touch with me.  They had seen my 'Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve' cuff-links (which can be found here) and wondered if I could do the same but use a jigsaw motif for the cut out piece.

I have got to the stage now in my practice as a goldsmith when I can say with certainty and confidence 'yes, I can do that' even though I may never have executed the design before.  I've done my 10,000 plus hours or however many hours it is that you 'need' to do in order to call yourself an expert (more on this theory can be found on the BBC's website here).  I don't mean to say this with arrogance or pomposity, I say it with a hard won confidence.  I say it with a quiet certainty.

And so, after a quick practice cutting into copper, testing the tight curves that make once piece tessellate with another I made this:

A Piece of You and a Piece of Me, cuff-link and necklace, Cari-Jane Hakes 2015
The leaf pattern comes in handy here, linking each piece to the next, showing that they were indeed cut from the same piece of silver.


Details, cuff-link and necklace, Cari-Jane Hakes, January 2015
So there you have it, a puzzling little piece to kick the year off with.  Oh so many more things to come!  My schedule is busy, the workshop is humming with many little machines, I am wearing my studio apron with pride and I'm ready for everything that 2015 has to throw at me.  Onward mes amis.
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