What a Great First Week of Crowdfunding!

Well that’s one week of my big campaign down and I have to say, I’m absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response I have had from everyone. The campaign is already 30% funded and I am just blown away by all of your support. Thank you so much to all the people who have generously donated so early in the piece and also to all those who have taken the time to share my story with your friends. You’ve really helped me to build momentum and I am so grateful.

I have had some great responses to my new Andamooka Opal Microscope range and even had my very first student sign up to one my classes which is so exciting. I can't wait to get the space up and running so that I can begin to share my passion for the handmade with our community.

I have had a great response to my newly released Andamooka Opal Microscope range and even had my very first student sign up to one of my classes. Photograph courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter.

I have had a great response to my newly released Andamooka Opal Microscope range and even had my very first student sign up to one of my classes. Photograph courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter.

For those who haven’t had a chance to take a look at the campaign page yet, I have some pretty darn tempting rewards available to say thank you for your generous donation. In addition to exclusive pre-release entry to my brand new jewellery classes, on offer are a range of lovely Silver Bar Studs, handmade by my dear friend and talented designer, Laurence Coffrant, as well as beautiful handmade Porcelain Paper Cups made by none other than my awesome Mum. To get your hands on these and many more great rewards as well as my eternal appreciation, all you have to do is press the big 'Help Claire' button below and donate to the campaign.

My lovely friend Laurence is offering some of her dainty and elegant Silver Bar Studs to reward you for your generous donations. These little guys are great for everyday wear and would make an excellent Christmas present. Photograph courtesy of Laurence Coffrant.

My lovely friend Laurence is offering some of her dainty and elegant Silver Bar Studs to reward you for your generous donations. These little guys are great for everyday wear and would make an excellent Christmas present. Photograph courtesy of Laurence Coffrant.

Treat yourself to a set of these beautiful Porcelain Paper Cups (right) which feel fantastic in your hand and are handmade in Freo, Western Australia, by none other than my super talented mother. Photograph courtesy of Dale Frances, (AKA Mum)

Treat yourself to a set of these beautiful Porcelain Paper Cups (right) which feel fantastic in your hand and are handmade in Freo, Western Australia, by none other than my super talented mother. Photograph courtesy of Dale Frances, (AKA Mum)

Already Donated? Can't afford it right now but still want to help? Please share the campaign with your friends to get the word out there. Cheers everyone!

More Rewards Announced - Not Long Now!

In just a few short weeks I will be launching my crowd funding campaign to raise money to set up a wonderful new jewellery teaching space here at Karma and Crow Studio Collective. We have a fantastically supportive group of talented artists at Karma and Crow and I can’t wait to share our space and handmade skills with the local community. The workshops will be a place where people can come to relax and explore their creativity within a nurturing and social environment.

As I mentioned last week, I have been busily working away on some great new jewellery to say a big thank you for your donations to help me get this started. I am just adding the finishing touches to a beautiful new range of Microscope jewellery which feature hand chipped Andamooka opal. Each sterling silver piece will feature a collection of the chips which move freely when worn revealing a variety of luminous opal colours.  

Magnifying some stunning opal chips from Andamooka, South Australia. 

Magnifying some stunning opal chips from Andamooka, South Australia. 

Donate to my crowdfunding campaign to get your hands on one of these beautiful pieces of opal jewellery. I will be releasing a limited number of earrings, studs and pendants as a special treat to say thank you.

Donate to my crowdfunding campaign to get your hands on one of these beautiful pieces of opal jewellery. I will be releasing a limited number of earrings, studs and pendants as a special treat to say thank you.

A sneaky peek at a finished pair of Microscope Opal Earrings. Photograph courtesy of the Talented  Bianca Hoffrichter .

A sneaky peek at a finished pair of Microscope Opal Earrings. Photograph courtesy of the Talented Bianca Hoffrichter.

Setting up this space means so much to me as a maker as well as our family of artists here at Karma and Crow. I would be absolutely thrilled with any donation you have to contribute, no matter how big or small, and even if donating is not an option, a simple campaign share with your friends would be a great help. 

Stay tuned for more information about the campaign and how you can be rewarded with your very own opal Microscope jewellery.

New Contemporary Jewellery Gallery Opens at Henley Beach

When I first visited Adelaide for a jewellery conference in 2008, I fell in love with the vibrant contemporary jewellery community and was surprised by the number of flourishing jewellery galleries located in such a small city. I was so impressed with South Australia’s support for the decorative arts that I decided to move to Adelaide in 2014. Upon arrival, I toured the same galleries I had once visited but was sad to see that contemporary jewellers Kath Inglis and Naomi Schwartz’s wonderful gallery, Soda and Rhyme, had since closed its doors.

Luckily, my disappointment was short lived and at the beginning of this year, Naomi left her home studio to begin another big adventure: to open up her own gallery and workshop in Henley Beach, just west of Adelaide.

A bright and inviting entrance into Naomi's new gallery. Photograph courtesy of  Craig Arnold .

A bright and inviting entrance into Naomi's new gallery. Photograph courtesy of Craig Arnold.

Given that most of the beaches I scour for plastic treasure are far off the beaten track, I am still getting around to visiting all the inner city beaches in Adelaide and Henley Beach was a first for me. Overlooking the ocean with a variety of excellent cafes and restaurants, Naomi has chosen a stunning location for a gallery and has worked really hard to create a working space which displays the hand crafted pieces beautifully. The space is light and airy, featuring jewellery from a variety of emerging and established South Australian artists (myself included) in elegant displays which she designed and made herself.

The gallery space is also a fully equipped workshop.  Naomi uses anticlastic raising, a specialist metalsmithing technique, to create stunningly organic jewellery. Photograph courtesy of  Craig Arnold .

The gallery space is also a fully equipped workshop.  Naomi uses anticlastic raising, a specialist metalsmithing technique, to create stunningly organic jewellery. Photograph courtesy of Craig Arnold.

Naomi's bench full of silver goodies. Photograph courtesy of  Craig Arnold

Naomi's bench full of silver goodies. Photograph courtesy of Craig Arnold

My sterling silver Microscope range is available for sale through Naomi's gallery. Each piece features a collection of tiny fresh water pearls which move freely behind a magnifying lens.

My sterling silver Microscope range is available for sale through Naomi's gallery. Each piece features a collection of tiny fresh water pearls which move freely behind a magnifying lens.

After years of decimated arts funding, cuts to arts education and a wave of contemporary jewellery galleries having to close their doors in Australia, it is both inspiring and reassuring to see artisans such as Naomi fighting back to keep Australian contemporary jewellery alive. It is such a courageous move and one which is sure to pay off. Well done Naomi!

 

Naomi Schwartz Jewellery Design Gallery
Shop 4A, 340 -352 Seaview Road
Henley Square Pavilion
Henley Beach SA 5022
www.naomischwartz.com.au
8235 2683