Into the summer

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.

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Woodland, New Mokume Gane pendant

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.IMG_2823IMG_3413

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.

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Images into Enamel

I have had a very busy but extremely enjoyable week. It began with a team of us from the Guild of Enamellers preparing and hanging our exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby.

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Myself, Margaret Hopley, Harry Nicholson, Tilly and David Cowling together with the gallery staff spent two days putting up all the work we had received from members around the country.

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There is some beautiful work and the exhibition has already received lots of compliments and a few sales. It was opened on Friday evening by the Mayor of Whitby, Mr John Freeman who said that he was impressed by the level of skill demonstrated and by the variety of techniques.

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Over the weekend Tilly Wilkinson has been teaching a two day workshop in my studio. This was called Images into Enamel and Tilly began by introducing the group to ways of developing images to make them suitable for screen printing techniques.

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Here the group are testing some of the screens before they began to enamel.

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It was a very busy weekend and everyone enjoyed it so I am hoping to run similar classes in the future.

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After all this activity I was inspired to get out some screens I had from a couple of years ago and mount them up so that I could try them.

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And here is the piece I enamelled this afternoon, after Tilly and David had gone – I can now think of lots of ways of using this technique to develop my work in a slightly different direction so thank you to everyone who made this such a successful weekend workshop!

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A Journal of Passage 1

Heat is on – exhibition at the Pannett Gallery, Whitby

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A group of us are preparing for the Guild of Enamellers exhibition at the Pannett Gallery in Whitby. It includes work from members all over the country, Glasgow to Hastings, the Wirral to Whitby and the official opening takes place on Friday 6th July 2012 at 7pm. Please leave a comment if you would an invitation.

The exhibition is open 9.30 to 4.30 daily (closed Mondays) and runs until Sunday 12 August 2012.
There will be a number of enamelling workshops running in conjunction with the exhibition, some in my studio a out 12 miles from Whitby and others in the Museum (adjoining the gallery). It is essential to book in advance as limited places are available each day. For more information email me

The up and coming class with Tilly Wilkinson is full but if you would like to do this please get in touch. If there is enough interest there is a chance we could run this again.

**Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th July 2012 Special Two Day Enamelling workshop with Guest Tutor Tilly Wilkinson
While the Guild of Enamellers Exhibition is on at the Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby

Images into enamel with Tilly Wilkinson
Enamelling on copper and steel using riso screens. Learn how to make your own silk screens to produce a range of images, either from existing illustrations/ photographs or from your own drawings. Produce colourful and beautiful wall panels from these images on either copper or steel. Suitable for those who are new to enamelling or those with some enamelling experience. A range of ready made screens will also be available for you to use. There will be a charge for copper and steel used during the course. The maximum size of copper or steel will be 100mm x 100mm, smaller pieces will be available. Riso screen material will be charged at £3.50 per A4 sheet. Enamels and equipment are included in the course fee.
Course fee £150 per person for the weekend

21st July 2012 Introduction to Enamelling in the round – Embellish silver beads £170

28th and 29th July 2012 Plique a jour enamel with art clay silver £340 two day course On the first day you will design and make silver earrings, learning the basic principles of design for plique a jour enamel and firing and finishing them ready for the second day. On day two you will learn to prepare the enamel and to apply it, firing and gradually building up the cells until they are filled. You will then give the pieces a final finish and add the findings ready to wear. The course includes small amounts of three enamel colours, enough to complete the project.

These two introductory courses are great value – perfect opportunity to try out enamelling!
Tuesday 7th August Introduction to cloisonné enamelling at Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby –
£55 per person

Saturday 11th August 2012 Introduction to enamelling on copper at Pannett Art Gallery with Tilly Wilkinson – £55 per person

I also run metal clay classes, here are a few dates –

Saturday 18th August 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145
Saturday 8th September 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145
Saturday 22nd September 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145

North Yorkshire Open Studios

I am ready for the second weekend of North Yorkshire Open Studios and looking forward to welcoming more visitors over the next 2 days. On Saturday I will demonstrate a bit of fold forming, the art of folding and hammering metal to create beautiful sculptural shapes.

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I will have a variety of hand made charm style glass beads for sale

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together with some of my new range of little secret places, silver jewellery inspired by buildings

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Visitors will also get a preview of my recent enamelled panels based on Whitby Abbey with moths

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I have been working on these in preparation for the forthcoming exhibition of work by members of the Guild of Enamellers at the Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby (but will post information on this later).

I hope to see plenty of people tomorrow and, if it stops raining for long enough, will be putting so e pretty bunting up around the studio door to add to the feeling of celebration in this fantastic event.

Day 2 of Open Studios

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Day 2 and I am about to go and open up early. I have a few jobs to finish and want to do a bit of tweaking to my displays. I finished off a few silver cores to some new charm beads yesterday so need to display them in pride of place. I also want a bit of time to set up today’s demonstration on my work table.
I will be also open on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2012 and also be open during the week 11th to 14th June by appointment. During Open Studios I will be demonstrating a variety of techniques during the day, starting at 11am – including making unique silver jewellery using art clay silver.

The road from Egton to Glaisdale is going to be closed near Beggars Bridge for three weeks during the period of Open Studios. To get to Glaisdale you will have to approach via Lealholm or Rosedale. This affects anyone intending to visit – but it will be worth the trip to see my wonderful new studio, watch demos and buy something from my new ranges of work.

Open Studios and more Whitby Abbey enamels

I will be open on Saturday 9th June, Sunday 10th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2012 and also be open during the week 11th to 14th June by appointment. During Open Studios I will be demonstrating a variety of techniques during the day, starting at 11am – including making unique silver jewellery using art clay silver.

The road from Egton to Glaisdale is going to be closed near Beggars Bridge for three weeks during the period of Open Studios. To get to Glaisdale you will have to approach via Lealholm or Rosedale. This affects anyone intending to visit – but it will be worth the trip to see my wonderful new studio, watch demos and buy something from my new ranges of work.

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Here are to more of my enamelled panels of Whitby Abbey, one with a moth and the other without. I have really enjoyed working on these and they are for sale here in my studio this weekend.

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There are plenty of other new things available too, from hand made lamp-work glass beads with silver cores to jewellery inspired by pressed flowers and flying things such as bats, moths and birds. My cabinets are all set up and filled and the studio is looking lovely with all this work on display.

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I look forward to meeting lots of new people and hopefully some old friends too over the coming weekend.