New studio, new classes

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.

 

Enamel tests

T253 on ACS, Fine Silver and copper

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

Planning new classes for 2014

I really enjoy this time of year. Not only can I look forward to Christmas but the busy period is behind me, any galleries I supply need their new stock around mid-October. The garden and the moorland around my studio still have quite a lot of vivid autumn colour at the moment and my favourite Japanese flowering cherry is coming into flower, although it’s only just dropped this year’s leaves. It has done this some previous years and I love that it flowers over such an extended period.

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I have spent some time last week emptying my display cabinets, partly because I was having a popup shop in Whitby last Thursday evening. It gave me the opportunity to review my work and make a few decisions about directions for next year.

20131203-074705.jpg This is one of my display cases from Thursday evening in Beckett’s Coffee Shop. I have always been inspired by plants and find leaves and flowers often appear in my work.

20131203-074959.jpg I have reorganised my display so that all the plant based designs are now together. These include some pieces of crochet in wire, some cloisonné enamels and some of the pieces pierced from silver sheet inspired by my year as artist in residence at Whitby Museum.

20131203-075748.jpg These two pendants are all that remain of a collection of floral cloisonné enamels I made many years ago and I intend to do more of this in 2014, including teaching cloisonné enamelling techniques on a regular basis throughout the year. I am looking forward to building up a new collection before the autumn in time for an exhibition by members of the Guild of Enamellers at the Pannett Art Gallery next October.

Enamelling has been my passion for many years and I haven’t quite got over being awarded honorary membership of the Guild at the conference last April, which I think must have been one of the highlights of 2013 for me.

20131203-080804.jpg Here I am being presented with my certificate by the then Chair Jane Ball. I have also had three rings included in the ‘Heart of the Heat’ exhibition of enamelling in Birmingham and two enamelled beads selected for the book 1000 Beads due to be published next May by Lark Books (one of which will be on the cover). The emphasis of classes for 2014 will be very much on enamelling including enamelling on copper; enamelling on silver and on art clay silver and enamelling ‘in the round’ or onto curved surfaces.

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I will also be teaching classes in New Mokume Gane.

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If you are interested in taking a class just send me a message using the comments box (I won’t publish it). Let me know what it is you are interested in learning. I look forward to hearing from you …

The delicate art of painting enamels

21st & 22nd September 2013 Enamel painting with Tilly Wilkinson

Learn this traditional technique of enamel painting with Tilly Wlkinson. A former Chair of the Guild of Enamellers and skilled artist and teacher Tilly will introduce you to this beautiful and delicate process, creating detailed and many layered small works of art.

During this 2 day class you will learn how to create your own miniature piece of enamel painting. We will cover how to press form and prepare a suitable base from copper shim, how to apply a suitable enamel layer on which to paint and how to fire it. In addition we will look at techniques for transferring your chosen design onto the fired enamel surface prior to painting. Using finely ground enamel pigments you will be shown how to prepare them for your palette and how to apply them to your prepared base.

Apply now using the contact form (limited places available)

 

Enamel painting is suitable for representing a range of imagery from representational portraits to abstract designs. This class would be most suitable for those who already have a reasonable level of ability in either oil or watercolour painting and some enamelling experience.

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It is £325 for the two days, including some basic materials – some extras can be purchased in class.

Learn to enamel

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Today I have had a lovely day teaching Denise a little bit about enamelling on copper. She brought with her a small enamelled picture of trees by Harry Nicholson that she had bought some time ago and was intrigued by. She began by learning to sift thin layers of enamel onto small pieces of sheet copper, drawing into the layer of powder before firing it in the kiln at 800 degrees centigrade. Initially she used flux and white, using the copper oxides that form where the lines are drawn through the first layer to create patterns. Having established the basis of patterns she then added coloured enamels on some of her pieces. Denise finished with the largest piece where she allowed the view of the dale looking out through my studio window to inspire her and created this wonderful little landscape panel.

I know she enjoyed her day here and I always enjoy seeing how creative people can be within such a short time. I am sure this will be just the beginning of her adventure with enamel!

Landscape into Enamel

On Saturday 27th April 2013 I will be hosting a wonderful workshop – Landscape into Enamel with Tilly Wilkinson here in my studio on the North York Moors.
It will be £150 per person plus cost of copper available to purchase on the day.
Using a range of enamel techniques produce a landscape based wall panel from your own images.
You will incorporate a range of techniques including sifting, scrafitto and stencilling to produce your own personal response to a landscape that you love. You will learn how to prepare, counter enamel and finish your copper. A range of enamels are included in the price. Copper in various sizes will available to purchase on the day.

Tilly is a former Chair of the Guild of Enamellers and an inspiring teacher of this fascinating medium. Email Lynne for more information and to book your place.

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Silver Birches, enamel on copper by Tilly Wilkinson

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Memories of Scampston, enamel on copper by Tilly Wilkinson

Happy new year and lots of new classes

There are all kinds of exciting classes for 2013 so please keep checking as you will need to book early to secure a place.
Introduction to enamel on copper £140 with Lynne Glazzard Wednesdays by arrangement from January 23rd, 2013 Learn to create your own small copper panels, this course runs from alternate Wednesdays by arrangement and includes a small amount of copper and enamel, additional copper will be available to purchase on the day. It is also available as either a morning or afternoon session. This class is also scheduled for Sunday 10th March 2013 £140

Sunday 24th March 2013 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £155 with Lynne Glazzard
Thursday 28th March 2013 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £155 with Lynne Glazzard
Sunday 21st April 2013 first day of Art Clay Silver level 1 certification with Lynne Glazzard.
This is run by me as a four day course following the syllabus set out by Aida Corporation and can either be four consecutive days, two pairs of two days or four separate days within a one month period. I only run this twice a year at the moment so please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested.

Saturday 27th April 2013 Landscape into Enamel with Tilly Wilkinson £150 per person plus cost of copper available to purchase on the day. Using a range of enamel techniques produce a landscape based wall panel from your own images. You will incorporate a range of techniques including sifting, scrafitto and stencilling to produce your own personal response to a landscape that you love. You will learn how to prepare, counter enamel and finish your copper. A range of enamels are included in the price. Copper in various sizes will available to purchase on the day.

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Silver birches by Tilly Wilkinson

Saturday 25th May 2013 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £155 with Lynne Glazzard
Sunday 26th May 2013 Introduction to enamel on silver clay £170 with Lynne Glazzard

Saturday 1st June Introduction to enamel painting with Tilly Wilkinson £175 per person including all materials – During this 1 day class you will learn how to create your own miniature piece of enamel painting. You will be provided with pre prepared copper bases and a range of stimulus material to work from. You will look at techniques for transferring your chosen design onto the fired enamel surface prior to painting. Using finely ground enamel pigments you will be shown how to prepare them for your palette and how to apply them to your prepared base. No experience is necessary but some interest or ability in either oil or watercolour painting will be helpful.

On the weekends of 8th & 9th June and 15th & 16th June Lynne will be taking part in North Yorkshire Open Studios so the studio will be open to visitors (Enamelling Wednesdays will be available during the period of open studios, advanced booking essential)

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29th & 30th June 2013 Carnival masks with Joy Funnell £385 per person, including materials (see previous post for more details) Advanced booking is essential and this class is filling up.

Saturday 13th July 2013 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £155 with Lynne Glazzard
Sunday 14th July 2013 Rings in silver clay £170 with Lynne Glazzard Sunday 28th July 2013 Introduction to enamel on Art Clay Silver £170 with Lynne Glazzard

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th September 2013 Art Clay Masterclass with guest tutor, more details to follow soon

21st & 22nd September 2013 Enamel painting with Tilly Wilkinson £325 per person including materials During this 2 day class you will learn how to create your own miniature piece of enamel painting. We will cover how to press form and prepare a suitable base from copper shim, how to apply a suitable enamel layer on which to paint and how to fire it. In addition we will look at techniques for transferring your chosen design onto the fired enamel surface prior to painting. Using finely ground enamel pigments you will be shown how to prepare them for your palette and how to apply them to your prepared base. Enamel painting is suitable for representing a range of imagery from representational portraits to abstract designs. This class would be most suitable for those who already have a reasonable level of ability in either oil or watercolour painting and some enamelling experience.

For more information and booking details email