Tom and I are are just working on the final few pieces for our next two shows. The first will be Kunsthåndværk I Brøndsalen 18, 19, 20 and 21st October 2018 http://www.khib.dk and this will be followed by Art& at York Racecourse 26, 27 & 28th October 2018 http://www.artand.co.uk
I’m very excited about this collaboration as it’s been so much fun, full of enjoyment in what we’re doing so it’ll be great to get out and show it and of course our work will be for sale at both events.
There will be some more regular shaped bowls and some smaller pieces too so something for everyone.
We will also be setting dates for 2019 classes soon so keep a lookout if you’d like to learn some enamelling. Send a message using the enquiry form if you’d like more information, want to book a workshop or are interested in buying a particular piece
A friend recently reminded me that although I’d shown pictures of my new studio being built I hadn’t actually posted photos of it finished. I’m really enjoying working and teaching in this purpose designed space. There is plenty of room around the benches so that students can move about without disturbing each other and I can see what they’re working on. The enamelling kilns are all installed and working and the soldering station has very good ventilation.
If you’d like to take a class in either enamelling or Jewellery making then please use the contact form and give me a few details of what you’d like to do.
I am honoured and very excited to have a piece accepted into the Ima-kara Mame-sara 2016 metalworks and crafts exhibition in Japan. I will have a piece in the Japan Enamel Artists Association exhibition too, also this month.
I have had a very exciting few weeks. It has involved moving house and studio. Moving house was relatively simple but packing and unpacking my studio felt like a major undertaking. I am happy to say everything is now in its new place and i have begun work on a few new ideas. I will miss the moors but am now very close to the beautiful beach of Filey bay. I am so looking forward to welcoming students to my new studio and ready to begin teaching again in the new year. Best wishes for 2016 everyone!
I think that I have always had a fear of heights up until very recently. During October I undertook a number of small personal challenges and one of these was to take a flight in a glider. I really loved the whole experience and the quiet gliding looking down on the patterns of the landscape made me realise that there was nothing to fear and that I had been missing out on all of these extra sources of inspiration.
I have continued to explore new heights by visiting the Shard in London and thoroughly enjoyed the views.
I am looking forward to creating new work in response to these experiences and have begun by trying out patterns and images in a few pairs of earrings.
I don’t know where the beginning of the year has disappeared to, it seems to have absolutely flown past. I have been busy experimenting with the New Mokume Gane techniques and thinking of creating a new range of jewellery.
Last weekend I was at the Guild of Enamellers annual conference which this year was held in Leicester. It is always fantastic to spend a weekend with such a creative group of people. I have had some lovely classes teaching ring making; enamelling and jewellery making using art clay silver. I have done a little bit of enamelling in the round, one of my own personal challenges; creating some new enamelled silver beads. These will be available to purchase during North Yorkshire Open Studios in June as well as other new work including enamelled wall panels and jewellery.
If you are interested in learning to enamel then please contact me to arrange a date. It is a fantastic thing to learn and very addictive. I will be adding more classes to my website throughout the summer but also arrange them on a one-to-one basis on dates to suit – just let me know what dates would suit you?
I still have one or two available dates for couples who wish to make each other wedding rings but as weekends book up quite quickly I would advise you get in touch to discuss this as soon as possible, if you are considering this. It does add an extra special touch to you wedding preparations. Here are Liz and Tom at the end of their day. Their wedding rings are both on a mandrel in front of them but have since been sent off to the assay office and hallmarked ready for their wedding day.
I have been doing a few colour tests of enamels that are new to me. This one is called Forsythia and is manufactured by Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours Ltd but will be available from Vitrum Signum. More information on the Guild of Enamellers website