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I got this gorgeous amethyst and wanted to set it into a ring. The trouble was the size and depth of the stone. I decided to carve a pair of hands gripping the girdle of the stone in their fingertips. This would allow the deep basket shape that I needed. The stone is so deep that it only just misses the finger.

First I carved a blank from some green carving wax – basically a piece of wax with a hole for the finger and a space to hold the stone.

Onto that I imagined, and drew, with a lot of checking my own crossed hands, the hands that would hold the stone, then removed whatever was not fingers. Here are some stages of the process.

After a bit of sharpening up, the wax was sent to Harald for casting.Then came filing, polishing and engraving.

Here are some pics of the final item. Click on them to enlarge.

 

 

Here, from the small trove at the Gerricke Library, (more here and here) is a letter that my father wrote to Ingrid from the Cope family farm, Rudolf’s Hoek near Mooi River in Natal. It is dated 10 – 2- 65. It is especially interesting, to me, when he talks about writing.

Please click on them to see them at a reasonable size. In the gallery, if you right-click on an individual image and select ‘view image’ you can see it a bit bigger.

316-ingrid-on-beachIn my last post I told about the Ingrid Jonker papers at the Gerricke Library in Stellenbosch.

Here are three letters from Ingrid Jonker to my father Jack Cope,

Letter dated 27/7/64

Letter dated May 1965

Letter dated 28 June, 1965 – less than a month before her death on the 19th July.

Please click on them to see them at a reasonable size. In the gallery, if you right-click on an individual image and select ‘view image’ you can see it a bit bigger. More here.

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A small bundle of Ingrid Jonker’s papers survived the theft, sale and disappearance of the bulk of her literary estate, and ended up, via a circuitous route, in the Special Collections at the Gerricke Library at the University of Stellenbosch. There they have remained in a safe for thirteen years, under embargo.

My friend Ílyas Tunç, who has translated many South African poets into Turkish, is busy creating a Turkish book on Jonker, and asked me if there were any papers available. I remembered the stuff at Stellenbosch. There’s not a lot of material, but it’s interesting stuff, including love-letters, photographs and clippings.

After some wrangling, the embargo has been lifted. I went there yesterday, and they allowed me to photograph the materials. Copyright on Jonker’s material expired in 2015.

This means that there is no restriction on their publication, and I have decided to set them free. If you want to, you can go to the Gerricke Library (do call them for an appointment) and see these things yourself. They will have a different resonance for most people to what they have for me, since I knew the people involved, albeit long ago. But something of their passion comes through in their materiality. The coffee-stain on the letter, the marginal note, all give a feeling of the physical presence of those actors in our literary heritage.

Included in the bundle are two unsent letters from Ingrid Jonker to André Brink. A note in another hand (perhaps that of Anna Jonker, Ingrid’s sister or possibly Petrovna Mettlerkamp, a Jonker biographer) mentions that the letters were ‘discovered among Uys Krige’s papers after his death in 1988.’

Here’s Janet Malcolm on the unsent letter, taken from her magisterial book on Plath and Hughes, The Silent Woman.

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And here are the letters, with the accompanying notes. Please click on them to see them at a reasonable size. In the gallery, if you right-click on an individual image and select ‘view image’ you can see it a bit bigger. More Jonker letters here and here.

 

Another gallery of various things that will be on show. Enjoy browsing through them.

Here’s a gallery of various things that will be on my 10 December show. There’s really no way to fully appreciate jewellery without touching it, but I hope that these pictures can give you some idea of the pieces.

If you want to be on my invitation list, please contact me via the About page.