In my last few posts I mentioned that I am going through a process of transition within my practice.
I am investigating new techniques to refresh, produce new work and develop new directions.
This creative process has started by indulging and attending a series of enameling classes taught and delivered by the very knowledgeable, experienced and lovely Ruth Ball this weekend at The Jewellery-Silversmithing Design Academy. Located in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, just a stones through away from my workshop it has been the ideal setting to take part in training that is accessible, highly valuable, practical and in-depth. The workshop is well-organized and well equipped. The natural light is captured beautifully and the design layout of the studio has been well-considered by its founder Rajesh Gogna.
It is well worth a visit and investment to take part in a Masterclasses here. I can highly recommend! I feel inspired and motivated to develop techniques learned further and work with the material/process through experimentation, exploration of surface treatment/finishing and textural qualities.
The workshops I took part in were; Mark-making, Contemporary Cloisonné, Surface treatment and Finishing
A fundamental element of my work revolves around the surface quality whether it is adorned, decorated, embellished, textured, plain, matt/shiny including the consideration of a materials characteristics. It is these principles that I see as fuel to explore outcomes of endless possibilities. Combined with my experience of other mediums and disciplines such as textiles, print, metalwork and ceramic, there are crossovers, similarities and differences that can be embraced, utilized or departed from. It is time for me to research, review, refocus, experiment and develop!! I can’t wait to see what happens by introducing enameling techniques to my portfolio…. watch this space!!
The images here of the work I produced during these workshops, even though these pieces are currently ‘tests’ I play with the composition and placement of textures, color and surface to observe how they interact, compliment and transpose with each other. I like what is starting to happen especially in the tonal/simplistic pieces.
Now I’ve just got to get myself an enameling kiln to develop and investigate further!
What do you think? I’d be interested to know, please post a comment below.
Thanks for reading.