My blog is where I tend to share more details of my art life and art journey. It is where you can find what I have been working on, including some of the trials, prototypes and processes. It is also where I share my iPhone photographs of nature on our block, of our valley and my morning walks.  Occasionally I also share photos and ramblings of things that inspire me.

  • Words for a daily focus or reflection January 18, 2019
    ©2019 Barry Smith - Daily Leaf Word on sandstone - wonderRecently I sold almost all of my Daily Leaf Words sets. The sets are made up of a shallow hammered bowl and seven leaf forms with inspirational words stamped on them. The leaf forms provide the owner with the opportunity to randomly draw out a […]
  • Cool subtle lit morning for a walk January 16, 2019
    ©2019 Barry Smith - Gardenia gathers overnight moistureThe morning sky was totally free of cloud. It was good for a cool morning and soft light; but suggested a hot day ahead.Many of the plants and blossoms, such as the gardenia above, had gathered as much moisture as the could from the evening air; but that […]
  • Cuff bracelets January 13, 2019
    ©2019 Barry Smith - Silver-plated cuff bracelet on polishing cloth with small corrosion spotI recently sold my last cuff bracelet made from high quality silver-plate that i usually cut from vintage silver-plated placemats if I have them in my metal stash.With judicious cutting I can  get 4 bracelet blanks with good pattern out of such […]
  • Sidetracked by rust, love and connections January 11, 2019
    ©2019 Barry Smith - Front of rusty washer ringI had planned to make four cuff bracelets today; but got sidetracked making a ring for Fiona. Whilst we were in Scotland we found a very odd shaped rusty washer on the street in Thurso. Fiona asked if I could add a bit of silver to it […]
  • A few fragments from a recent trip January 9, 2019
    ©2019 Barry Smith - Tile fragmentsFiona and I decided to take a few days away from the mountain at Christmas. We had a relaxing time.Following are a few fragments of texture and colour from the trip.©2019 Barry Smith - Lyre Bird tail feather detail©2019 Barry Smith©2019 Barry Smith - Painted poppy©2019 Barry Smith - Woven©2019 […]
  • A vessel to kick off 2019 January 6, 2019
    ©2019 Barry Smith - Marked up vessel-bowl on a metal stake being hammered with Japanese style hammerI have a request to make a rather large bowl - about 30cm in diameter. It needs to be made from high quality brass so that it will polish up to a high golden gloss; and it needs to […]
  • Love the process and colour January 4, 2019
    ©2019 Barry Smith - Mixing that gorgeous purpleThere has not been a lot of time for creative work today as we are doing a big lot of pruning etc on the block and were pushing to get it finished today.I did cut up a lot of remnant 15cm square timber into 45cm lengths, 18 lengths, […]
  • First morning walk of 2019 January 2, 2019
    ©2019 Barry Smith - Dew on rose petalsIt was a beautiful soft morning after a night of light dew. Many of the flowers and other bits encountered on the walk were festooned with microscopic droplets like the ones on the rose petals above; and on the leaf below.©2019 Barry Smith - Dew drops on rose […]
  • Hopes for 2019 December 31, 2018
    My letterpress postcard for 2019 expresses my hopes for this year. May we offer earth other: kindness and peace, and may we express our creativity with joy.Sending these hopes from the mountain.
  • Looking back - looking forward December 30, 2018
    ©2018 Barry Smith - Rainbow on a fragment of a painting on the Wall of Small ThingsI find it useful at this time of the year to reflect on how my art practice has expressed itself - what have I done, what have I contributed to, what have I created. In a post such as […]
Sanding base of a mountain form Barry Smith

Sanding base of a mountain form

Brass leaf blanks for Japanese festival

Brass leaf blanks for Japanese festival

Melting scrap metal Barry Smith

Melting scrap metal

Preparing pieces for Artisan Lamps Barry Smith

Preparing Pieces for Artisan Lamps

Detail of Avian Font

Detail of Avian Font riveted repair

Bone, stone and glass for pendants Barry Smith

Bone, stone and glass for pendants