This month I have my work on show in two great venues!
The first exhibition I would like to share with you is entitled ‘Heart of the Heat’ Exhibition.
This exhibition held at The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, displays a wide array of work by Contemporary Enamellers and there are some new experimental Enamel pieces of mine on show!
In previous posts you may have read about me exploring the medium and introducing it within my work as a result of attending a series of masterclasses delivered by inspirational and knowledgable enameller, Ruth Ball.
I have just begun a new ‘love affair’ with a fascinating material. It’s a process I intend to develop further into my jewellery collections and portfolio.
The pieces I have created explore color and surface. There are tonal depths that are achieved by layering and building up of opaque and translucent shades. Composition and placement of elements are arranged to similarly to add dimension. Small stones are embedded within the surface of the enamel whilst experimenting with firing temperatures to vary textures within the surfaces. Pattern is key, whether within the surface of the enamel, within the surface of the metal as relief or piercing. Close inspection is required to see all facets!
The experimental works collate to form a series of reversible brooches as I worked intensely on both sides of each enamel component. There were qualities I admired on the front and the back and then the question was raised – Which side should be the Front? Which side should be the back? Back or Front? Ultimately the choice is yours. I have a wish both sides to be seen, worn and enjoyed by both the wearer and the observer.
The other great venue exhibition is my work is showcasing in is ‘Dazzle’ at Manchester Museum and Art Gallery opening on the 25th November – 12th January . I will share more in my next blog post about this!
What do you think? Please comment below and Thanks for reading!