Despite living in Blackheath for 17 years, I’m embarrassed to admit that I still make new discoveries. Hard to believe I know….it’s not exactly a huge metropolis. In this instance it was the small business centre over the railway line in Station Street. What a revelation. For example, I had no idea we had such a wonderful community op shop. Actually there are two shops side by side, one selling mainly books and vintage clothing and the main one which is, well…… rather posh.
Next comes Plantation Shutters. I should have known about this business, because the lovely proprietor made the exposed beams for my new house. And I’m hoping he will build my much longed for window seat.
Oh, and I may need to call on Dunn Antique Restorations when it comes to furnishing the place.
But the most exciting find was artist Keith Rowe’s glass blowing studio at the far end of the complex. Amazing to think he has been working here since 1990. His work is sold internationally and is represented in public and private galleries around the world.
I was intrigued to see there was another little furnace with a billy on it, to make tea.
Keith is very happy for people to go along and watch him work. He is usually there on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm and similar hours on several other days during the week. It might be wise to check first though, to avoid disappointment (Mobile No. 0414 977220). He and his partner Kayo have a retail shop in Blackheath village. Kaya is a glass artist in her own right, and is also responsible for the creative engraving on many of Keith’s pieces.
If you would like to see some very special examples of Keith’s work, go along to the Plants That Bite Exhibition at the Sydney Botanic Gardens. Here is a little taste (pun intended). The exhibition runs until the end of February next year.
Keith and Kayo take inspiration from nature, and the physical beauty of Blackheath and the wider Blue Mountains. How lucky we are to have them working amongst us.