Ruskin Glass Centre

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This weekend (6th and 7th December) I will be at the Christmas Craft Fayre at the Ruskin Glass Centre in Stourbridge with a selection of jewellery and Christmas decorations for sale. Presents anyone? :-)

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All Fired Up!

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Region 4 of the Guild of Enamellers are having an exhibition upstairs at Bilston Craft Gallery from 15th November to 13th December. I have a selection of jewellery pieces being shown and they used my tealight for the poster! So pleased!

Definitely worth a trip, Bilston Gallery always has really high quality main exhibitions in a variety of craft media throughout the year.

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Current Exhibitions

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Really pleased to have pieces showing at two selling exhibitions at the moment – one with the British Society of Enamellers and one with the Guild of Enamellers.

The BSOE exhibition is at the beautiful 78 Derngate in Northampton (which is definitely worth visiting itself – stunning design) and is on until Christmas. I am showing my new silver candlesticks and some pieces of jewellery.

The Guild of Enamellers exhibition is at the Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby and is on until mid November. I am showing some pieces of jewellery.

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Fred Barnes Memorial Award!

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Last weekend I went to the Guild of Enamellers 2014 conference. It was a super weekend with some really interesting presentations and workshops which I will post about when I get some proper time spare to write fully. However, I also won an award for the selectors’ choice of the best work on precious metals using champleve and basse-taille techniques! I was really impressed by all the work on display so I was really surprised to be chosen and it’s a really nice boost for my confidence to know other people appreciate my work.

I’ve finally been able to send my new kiln in to be converted to bottle gas which means I should be able to start enamelling larger pieces soon. I feel really inspired and excited following conference and I keep daydreaming about new pieces to make. I really need to start carrying my sketchbook around for spare moments of time to jot things down.

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Heart of the Heat

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I am so pleased to have a piece selected for this contemporary enamel exhibition! The variety and quality of the work on display is stunning and I am thrilled to have been included. The exhibition runs for a month in Birmingham’s jewellery quarter so if you are interested in enamel it is well worth going to see. I feel so inspired by the work I’ve seen there!

p.s. The poster can be viewed clearly if you click on it to open!

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Kairos Sculpture

IMG_062610202013_1403Many thanks to Kairos Sculpture at the Ruskin Centre, Stourbridge for making the new slate base for my tealight – it’s a great improvement and sets off the silver/enamel wonderfully!

They have many wonderful, unique pieces of stone sculpture and are very friendly so if you are in the area it is well worth a visit. You can also find them on facebook which is frequently updated with images and news about their work.

https://www.facebook.com/KairosSculpture

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Engraving Course

This week I have signed up to do a Creative Self Development course in Engraving at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham. It will start at the end of the month and I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll be great to spend some time around other jewellers again (it can be a little lonely working from home!) and I’ve never studied there before so it will be interesting to see what it is like close up!

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So far my engraving is fairly simple which I guess isn’t surprising since I’ve basically had to try to figure out how to do it on my own, so I’m really looking forward to having some guidance on how to create a wider range of effects. It’s been frustrating because I can sort of see in my mind how I could create a more lively surface under my enamels but I don’t know how to physically do it. Hopefully this course will help me get closer to that and I can move towards that vision in my head!

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Experimenting with new shapes

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I’ve been experimenting with some new shapes recently. I did a small sample and then made a vessel/vase copper model to test a couple of different things.

Firstly I wanted to see how the laser would cope engraving over a number of different heights and whether it would engrave the slopes ok. I didn’t get the power right, or else I should not have enamelled a second layer of top black as I didn’t get through to the vibrant red I did on the sample piece.

Secondly I wanted to try out a more 3D form to enamel on. I did quite a bit of scoring and folding at university so I decided to revisit that. I like the look of it but it did experience quite a bit of movement in the kiln which has caused some of the enamel to crack off in places so I shall have to think about that!

Thirdly, because this is copper and not silver (with no need to hallmark) I experimented using cuprotech which is a copper phosphorous brazing alloy designed to do copper joints. This has a higher copper content (and running temperature) than my usual silver solder. I was hoping this might overcome some of the problems with enamelling over silver solder and mean the solder wouldn’t run in the kiln. The enamel over the join has experienced no discolouration but in parts has chipped off. It is unclear as to whether or not this is because of the cuprotech or because of the movement of the metal in the kiln so I shall have to do more testing.

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New website

Now that the main part of the website is up and running please do look around. I’ll be adding more pictures of my work as soon as I can get them photographed so do keep checking back for updates!

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