The #LoveBushColours exhibition is drawing to a close, and before it comes down from the walls of Baker-Williamson Studios, I've taken a minute to have a good think about the hosts of my first solo exhibition, and there are a few gems I want to share with you.
(Maybe I should have called this post "10 Things I love Most about Baker-Williamson Studios.")
1. You will never not get a parking space.
I know it doesn't sound like a very good thing to open with, but my goodness parking is a critical feature!! Not only will you always get a parking spot, 99% of the time you'll get one right at the front door.
2. The location. 65 Chapman Road, Geraldton, is the address of the old Railway Station - a historical and beautiful building in the area. Suite 1, where BWS is situated, used to be the lamp room a very long time ago, and though it's not the largest of spaces, the feeling in that room is beautiful.
The space is a jewellery studio, but it's also a work shop, so the tools and work spaces are all out on show. You can often seem the jewellery taking shape right before your eyes.
3. The people. The feeling in the room is partly due to the people who inhabit it. Dynamic jewellery duo, husband and wife team Gemma Baker and Larry Williamson, are the most professional, helpful and just plain lovely people you could hope to come across. Their aim is for their customers to be happy with their Baker-Williamson Studios experience, and it shows.
4. The clocks. Jewellery is very much the Baker family business, and Gemma's dad, Leon Baker (now retired) is filling his days making the most glorious grandfather clocks. If you are in need of a zen boost, head into BWS on the hour, just to listen to the many and varied clocks chime, it's an experience all on it's own.
5. The service. This speaks for itself, as quality service always does.
6. The jewellery. There are only 2 pieces of jewellery I have that I never take off, and both came from BWS. Skill, craftmanship, artistry - call it what you will, the beautiful pieces of jewellery are worth seeing.
Incidentally, if you're after something special for the man in your life, Baker-Williamson Studios is worth a look. My tough truckie husband is NOT a jewellery person AT ALL and he was really impressed with some of the more masculine pieces there.
7. The art. Gemma's love for the arts shows on the walls of BWS, and it's wonderful for Geraldton to have another place where art is available to view, enjoy and even invest in.
8. BWS is open 7 days a week, and they have a very skilled team who can not only create masterpieces, they can also carry out highly skilled jewellery repairs, they can also fix clocks, watches, and replace watch batteries. Which brings me to my next point.
9. Roy. If everything I've said so far hasn't convinced you to go down to the old Railway Station and find Baker-Williamson Studios and have a look, here's one more reason to add to the list.
This lovely young man is very helpful, very skilled, and just a wee bit of a hottie too so while he's fixing your watch you can check out the jewellery and the eye candy.
10. Buying local matters. It really does. This is a locally owned, locally staffed studio that seeks out excellence, has a range that will cater to just about every taste and budget from a watch battery to an exquisitely hand crafted Everlasting pendant featuring precious stones, to the most delicious Grandfather clocks imaginable.
It's places like these that give Geraldton it's true character, and I am very proud to have had my first solo exhibition there. Please do check it out - you won't be disappointed.