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Golden Ink Collaborative – Visiting our Studios

by Jenny Butler
Wednesday 5th October 2011

Today Abby and Katherine take us on a tour of their own creative spaces and we get to see how they each apply their skills and talents to produce the unique works at Golden Ink Collaborative. Talk about team work- go ladies! – Jenny x

So what does the Golden Ink headquarters look like? Well its not terribly glamorous but none the less it is where we are most productive and where our art evolves.

Different parts and processes are executed across a few ‘studio’ sites;

  • Firstly, and as of most recently, I (Abby) will start the process by cutting and carving images into a printing plate

  • It is then in Katherine’s lounge room that a bag of clay is transformed and moulded into greenware (unfired) jewellery pieces and pressed into my printing plates
  • These pieces then make their way into my home studio where each piece is hand painted or engraved

  • They are glazed (generally at my desk or kitchen table depending on the weather!)
  • They are transported to the kiln at Katherine’s
  • After the fire, the kiln is unloaded and a discussion is had at Katherine’s kitchen table over the finishing and home of the pieces
  • Final jewellery finishes are then made in Katherine’s studio/shed

Katherine and I both have passions and arts practices in differing fields and try to still practice this as much as we can. Katherine in gold and silversmithing and myself in printmaking. Katherine works from her home studio, mainly on works to do with her love of vessels.

Above is a little glimpse of where Katherine creates her wonderful work including her favourite tools and books.

I also make most of my work from my home studio but also, due to obvious constraints (my 1.2tonne printing presses!), from my spacious and peaceful printing studio in Mt. Macedon. Above is a sneak peek into my creative environment and obsessions!

- Abby


by Jenny Butler
Wednesday 5th October 2011

21 comments

  • leah 3 years ago

    Amazing post. I love reading about where people create. Lovely collaboration that you and Katherine have. {Aptly named business}.
    Thanks, i thoroughly enjoyed reading about the processes xxx

  • Michelle 3 years ago

    Very inspiring!
    Thanks for the article.

  • olga bennett 3 years ago

    Abby, new carved pieces are AMAZING!!! Go girls :)

  • Mandi 3 years ago

    I love Katherine’s giant sculptural silver rings!

  • Kittie 3 years ago

    I LOVE your work! It’s absolutely beautiful!

  • Clementine 3 years ago

    Love love love all of these pieces. My goodness, I will be at the markit and fed sqaure!

  • Cat 3 years ago

    LOVE this jewellery! So beautiful and so original!

  • Anastasia 3 years ago

    Amazing! No words!

  • Brooke T. 3 years ago

    How wonderful! I absolutely love clay art, and these pieces of wearable (and non-wearable) art are exquisite!!

  • Jennie Harrison 3 years ago

    These are some of the most glorious pieces I have seen in a long time! love it all ! :3)

  • Cat Jack 3 years ago

    I’m loving this insight into your design process! That printing vessel majiggy is beautiful.
    Ive been keen to get a GoldenInk peice for a while, I’m find it hard to choose which one though!

  • Mary 3 years ago

    Wow! this is nice, I’m an art-fan, I truly find this work of art amazing!

  • Araya 3 years ago

    Completely in Love with these pieces and the whole collaborative process. The colors are perfection!

  • Brigit 3 years ago

    So lovely! <3

  • Rachel 3 years ago

    So lovely! I’ve never seen anything like it before and I really adore the craftsmanship! <3

  • Alicia 3 years ago

    I love it! These pictures remind me of going to work everyday because I do something along the lines of this. I love looking at other creative people’s workspaces. It’s so inspiring!

  • Carol 3 years ago

    love this in sight into the creative process – great guest blog

  • Bridget a'Beckett 3 years ago

    your stuff is amazing! beautiful! inspiring!. wow

  • elissa c 3 years ago

    Loving seeing how it’s all done!

  • sophie 3 years ago

    wow. just wow. so pretty!

  • Erica Hess 3 years ago

    I’ve been so inspired by your work! Some day I hope to inspire others as you have me. Thank you!

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