I’m embarking on a journey of introducing and using enamel in the creation of my jewellery ignited by attending a series of masterclasses delivered by the wonderfully talented enameler, Ruth Ball last year.
I love the surface qualities that the act of enamelling gives and I’ve recently been working on pieces to send out to for The British Society of Enamellers forthcoming exhibition to be held at the beautiful 78 Derngate, The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House & Galleries in Northampton.
Beautiful pieces of enamel in a range of techniques will be on display in the Gallery, I will be showing my pieces alongside other members such as the work of enamellers Evangeline Long, Jackie Simmonds, Katja Fox, Sheila MacDonald and Tamizan Saville.
The pieces I have made for this exhibition explore the use of colour, layering techniques and subtle surface contrasts of relief with the use of graphic and geometric patterns, tone on tone, matt and shiny textures to create simple jewelled components. To add a dimension of preciousness stones are set within the enamel and then the enamelled pieces are set within hand formed asymmetric settings and simple frames in silver to create, rings, earrings, necklaces and pendants.
Here is a preview of a pair of earrings. What do you think? I’d love to hear your feedback. I’ll post more pics shortly!
The exhibition is opens on Oct 4 2014 – 10:00am – Dec 21 2014 – 16:30pm. Please follow this link for details of location and directions.