ARTISAN: David Blomfield at work ahead of the Art in the Woolshed exhibition outside Stanthorpe.
ARTISAN: David Blomfield at work ahead of the Art in the Woolshed exhibition outside Stanthorpe. Mike Geisel Photography

Cutting edge art with precious stones and a floral influence

MASTER metal craftsman David Blomfield has worked as an artisan for years and in the process has earnt a reputation for making fine household knives and carving sets, as well as tools for saddlers and whipmakers across Australia.

When "sketching with steel", he creates large sculptural pieces and this artistic side to his nature has inspired a unique style in the Blomfield Silver range of silver jewellery, that he and his wife, Libby, create at home in the Goomburra Valley.

Using sterling silver, Mr Blomfield forges classic floral shapes of eucalyptus leaves and simple flowers, as well as traditional silver links and motifs.

The leather neckpieces are plaited by him and enhanced with semi-precious stones including pearls, lapis lazuli, natural turquoise and opal.

The Blomfields are constantly expanding their collection making a variety of neckpieces, cuffs, earrings, cufflinks and stockpins, all of which can be customised for individual clients.

Recently they have added a range of pearls to the collection.

They use only good quality freshwater pearls which they knot individually on silk to create timeless pieces.

Some pearl neckpieces are made with removable pendants and include forged sterling silver floral motifs and top grade lapis lazuli and turquoise.

The Blomfields have also spent much of their lives as part of the Traprock community, and have exhibited at each Art in the Woolshed exhibition since the first in 1997.

They are currently preparing a range of Blomfield Silver for June 8, at Bendee Woolshed. For details http://www.blomfieldsilver.com.



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