Hendrik with a loaf of his gorgeous homemade bread.

The morning view from the balcony of my Victorian retreat

I returned home from the beautiful East Gippslands on April 7. I had such a great time getting to know and working with Hendrik and Kerryn. They are amazing people; I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to spend time with them and I came back to my practice full of renewed optimism and plans.

While I was there, I made 5 pieces of tableware; 3 spoons, a knife and a bowl. The techniques that Hendrik taught me will inform a new range of silverware that I hope to launch in 2011. I found it inspiring to learn, as much as I could in 4 weeks, about the way Hendrik works. He’s truly a great craftsman and designer.

Please visit his website; www.forster-studios.com

While it was sad to leave, I am confident that our association will continue and that we will be friends for a long time coming; with luck we’ll have the chance to work together again! In fact we are already planning Hendrik’s trip to Perth for mid-October.

April 8 saw the opening of the Signs of Change show at FORM gallery, 357 Murray street Perth. The show looks at jewellery which aims to instigate change and promote positive benefits for the wearer and community at large. There’s some beautiful work in the show by local, national and international artists. The opening was fabulous, lots of people; lots of jewellers! The exhibition is part of the official program of the Biennial Conference of the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia, taking place in Perth this April.

A look at the installation (Image by Michelle Taylor courtesy of FORM)

Standing room only (Image by Michelle Taylor courtesy of FORM)