Studio 9

Mullally at Moondance
barbara.mullally@gmail.com

Barbara-w-hammer-smMy inspiration

  • Stories, aphorisms, odd facts and images
  • My garden; pods, seeds
  • Tom Thomson’s and Paul Klee’s use of colour
  • Art jewellery by Charles Lewton-Brain, Thomas Mann, Marilyn Da Silva, Alex Calder, Claudio Pino

My art history

  • L’École des beaux arts du Québec, sculpture and tapestry
  • Silversmithing and jewellery making: Algonquin College, with Carl Shutt; Haliburton School of the Arts, with Lois Etherington Betteridge, Brigitte Clavette, Jeffery Ellis, Michael Letki, Charles Lewton-Brain. 

My favourite things

  • Making things
  • TOOLS, love tools, metal
  • Reading- so many books, so little time!
  • Stones with pattern, clear stones with wonderful inclusions, natural objects that seem like jewels
  • Enamelling on copper and silver: it’s all about the colour
  • The colour red, and the red-white-black combination
  • Henry the big orange cat, my employer…

My story
My father was a painter. He let me use his oil paints when I was very young, made things with me out of cardboard, tins cans, sticks, magical things. My mother was a superb professional dressmaker and let me use her sewing machine when I was about five; I created doll “costumes” and learned to sew by osmosis. I went to art school, but later became waylaid when I needed to find paid employment. Having two kids will do that to you. I took a government job, got tracked for management and spent the next 30+ years doing that during the day and making art at night and on weekends. I decided to become a silversmith because I like making small thing: I studied sculpture, but the small called out to me. I’ve been banging metal for over 25 years.

I work at my bench most days. I’m a morning person. I’m a French-language docent at the National Gallery.  To relax, I work or read, garden, run, bike, cross-country ski, do Pilates.

I like wine and the occasional good Irish whiskey or single malt scotch. I love real food. Need I say I love shoes?

I’ve been involved with the Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour since its inception.

My dream
To work more in gold – it’s such a lovely material. To master enamelling. To travel. To continue working and creating until I die.