Wally the wombat flew off of the shelf the last time he came to visit along with his friends the Pygmy possum and the gorgeous red Hibiscus. Luckily for us gallery regular and Australiana master Ian Buchanan has been busy at the bench and has sent a clone of Wally and his friends back to grace the shelves although we suspect it won't be for long.
Wally is a sterling silver ring with a special little twist. The bottom of the band features Wally's cute little backside. A twist that is also found on the sterling silver possum ring. Another surprise is the price, at only $149 each!
The gorgeous red Hibiscus flower ring is a stunning piece from Ian's collection. It is created from solid 9 carat yellow gold and would make a stunning ring for everyday wear. This solid, well crafted, Australian made ring is priced at only $399 and is able to be resized up or down.
Born in 1941, Ian Buchanan was raised in Melbourne. Educated at Geelong Grammar and under the close guidance of Australian national sporting hero, John Landy (a teacher of natural history), he was influenced and nurtured in his great appreciation for excellence in detail, empathy for the environment and the natural order of things.
lan's inate creative ability was given its head during ten years of rural living and farm management which included (by choice) blacksmithing, implement design and construction. Later, on a cattle station northwest of Alice Springs, jackerooing for months on end, he would enjoy the company of the local black stockmen and their appreciation and eye for detail has influenced him strongly ever since. These influences are strongly reflected in the works Ian produces in all metals. "Sometimes a theme to me can be interpreted in bronze as opposed to gold or in some other metal because of the subject matter and the way in which I relate to it."
"I enjoy being given commissions. To me the satisfaction of giving a client what they really want is paramount and translates to the ultimate in achievement. Identifying and discerning what a client really wants is the problem. Their solution is for me to embrace and dimensionalise their vision."
From 1984 Ian owned and lived aboard a 1932 Dutch cargo barge, 26m x 4.8m, which he converted into a living ship with work shop and travelled the canals and rivers of Holland, Belgium, France and Germany for 14 years. Ian now lives and works on 120 acre's of pasture and rain forest in the Tweed Valley where he has built his own home.
We are proud to represent Ian and his amazing work here at Studio 42.
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