Earthy beads

Today I have been working on new beads for a necklace. They are all earthy, swirls of opaque glass in a grey-brown. Here they are in the kiln and the annealing schedule has begun. They will be fully annealed overnight and then need to be cleaned (reamed) before being threaded together to make a necklace. […]

More cloisonné pendants

Today I have had another fun day teaching Steph a bit about cloisonné enamel on silver. The workshop was a present from her husband so she didn’t really know what to expect although she had done some basic enamelling on copper a few years ago, so knew a little about enamel. We began by selecting […]

Whitby Abbey and moths

I have spent the day working on three enamel panels. I had made a sketch and had ideas for these some time ago but needed some free time to work on them. These images are built up in layers of different colours, firing each layer and allowing it to cool before continuing. I used a […]

An introduction to cloisonné enamel

Today I have been teaching an introduction to cloisonné enamelling techniques. My student Nicky already has experience in making silver jewellery and bezel setting stones so rather than using pre-made silver blanks I suggested she texture some small pieces of silver sheet to enamel onto. She cut out, annealed, pickled and textured some silver and […]