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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.

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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.

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Whitby Abbey series

I began the day by doing a bit of cleaning and tidying ready for North Yorkshire Open Studios and put a few enamels up on the wall, the first things to go up since my studio was rebuilt at the beginning of the year.

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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.

I had to give in to the urge to work on more of a series of enamelled panels of Whitby Abbey with moths.

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Here you can see one of the panels I have been working on. Each time I apply a colour the panel has to be fired in the kiln at around 800 degrees centigrade. Opening the door means a lot of heat is lost and this kiln takes a while to get back up to temperature but I enjoy working slowly at this scale.

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This panel is the first one I did a few weeks ago – but today decided it needed more work. Enamel is a fantastic and versatile medium to work in and will withstand a large number of firings so it was possible to continue to add detail to this piece.

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Here is another, maybe my favourite so far but I will probably change my mind by tomorrow.

I had a short break mid afternoon when I had a visit from fellow Open Studios artist Caroline Riley who came to drop some leaflets and cards off from other local artists and collect some signs ready for the weekend. I hope we all get plenty of visitors and am looking forward to meeting new people, demonstrating techniques, sharing ideas and selling some work!

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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.

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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. It is my intention to make an enamelled focal bead to go with these and I am hoping to finish it before North Yorkshire Open Studios in June.

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 and buy something from my new ranges of work.

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There will be a wide variety of work for sale including new enamelled panels; new silver cored glass charm beads and new silver jewellery including a variety of pendants and rings. I will be taking bookings for classes in metal clay, art clay silver, enamelling and traditional silver jewellery making.
For more information on classes see my website or email me to book a place.

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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.

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These images are built up in layers of different colours, firing each layer and allowing it to cool before continuing.

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I used a combination of techniques, making a stencil in paper of the outline of the abbey and stippling, painting and wet laying enamels.

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It is the first time I have had the big kiln running for ages and it is hot and tiring work lifting these panels in and out. It was an interesting project to work on and I think the next thing I need to do are some paintings of moths and butterflies.

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Beginners Guide to Enamelling

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For anyone interested in learning to enamel I can highly recommend this book by Dorothy Cockrell. She is a longstanding member of the Guild of Enamellers and editor of the Guild’s quarterly journal. She writes in a very clear, no-nonsense style and this is a well illustrated book, with plenty of projects to get you started.

I would also recommend you to join the Guild even as a complete beginner, as joining will bring you into contact with such an enthusiastic bunch of people, generously willing to share their knowledge at regional meetings and other Guild events. A number of members run classes, often aimed at beginners and at introductory level. If you would like any further information then either have a look at the Guild website or email me.

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May is Enamelling month

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During the month of May some members of the Guild of Enamellers will be running classes and workshops. Many of these will be suitable for beginners – now is your time to try this absorbing craft!

For details of my classes go to my website or email

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New Class dates for 2012

Wednesday 25th April 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £125
Friday 27th April 2012 Silver clay ring making £140
Monday 30th April 2012 Hollow beads in metal clay £140

Saturday 5th May 2012 Enamelling £140
Wednesday 9th May 2012 Enamelling on art clay silver £140
Thursday 10th May 2012 Enamelling £140

Saturday 12th May – Keepsake Pendant at the Castle Museum, York (book via Castle Museum)

Tuesday 29th May to Friday 1st June 2012 Colour and metal clay £540 (or £140 for individual days) Four days designing and making colourful jewellery including adding patina, coloured pencil, resin and an introduction to enamel
Saturday 2nd June 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145
Saturday 9th June, Sunday 10th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2012 I will be taking part in North Yorkshire Open Studios. I will 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.

Friday 22nd June 2012 Enamelling on silver at Artison, Masham book direct with Artison

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**Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th July 2012 Special Two Day Enamelling workshop with Guest Tutor Tilly Wilkinson, teaching Images into Enamel £150 per person for the weekend course – See separate post for more information. This is the first weekend of the Guild of Enamellers Exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby.
**Limited places available – advanced booking essential**

Saturday 21st July 2012 Embellish silver beads with enamel £170
Learn how to add wire patterns to the surface of silver beads and then add enamel, firing them in the electric kiln – to make your own special focal beads. (Handmade lamp-work glass beads will be available to purchase on the day to complete your own special necklace).

Plique a jour enamel in art clay silver with Lynne Glazzard £340
Saturday 28th July and Sunday 29th July 2012, a two day workshop. 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.

Saturday 11th August 2012 Make silver rings (traditional ring making) £170
Sunday 12th August 2012 Introduction to enamelling on silver £170

Saturday 8th September 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145

Cloisonne enamel on art clay silver with Lynne Glazzard £350
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2012, a two day workshop. On the first day you will design and make a silver pendant, learning about design for enamel.
On the second day you will prepare and apply wire patterns followed by thin layers of enamel, firing each layer in turn. You will then learn methods for finishing the piece to a high standard. The course includes small amounts of enamel, enough to complete the project.

Glass and art clay silver combination beads with Lynne Glazzard £360
Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November 2012 – two day workshop. On the first day you will learn to apply a variety of art clay silver products to the surface of glass beads before firing and annealing them in the kiln. On day two you will make some art clay silver beads to complement the glass beads before finishing them all to a high standard. Some glass beads are included in the course fee but not the art clay silver. A detailed materials list will be supplied in advance but you will need approximately 20g Art Clay 650; 10g Syringe type, Art Clay Silver Overlay paste

Other dates by arrangement. Booking essential


Art Clay Level 1 and Level 2 certification – These are four day courses following the syllabus set by the Aida Corporation (manufacturers of Art Clay Silver) at Level 1 seven projects are made over the four day period, including rings, earrings, pendants and a brooch. The course fee includes the materials to make the seven projects and the use of tools and equipment. The projects are assessed and if completed successfully an application for the certificate will be made to the Art Clay UK Guild. If any of the projects are unsuccessful then arrangements can be made to ‘remake’ them at additional cost to the student. Prices are dependant upon the projects selected and dates are available by arrangement

Terms and conditions 50% deposit required to confirm a place, balance payable by cheque or cash 7 days prior to the first day of the class.

7 days notice of cancellation of a booking is required so that we can resell the workshop place.
In the event of cancellation more than 7 days before the class the deposit can be carried over to another mutually convenient date.
Cancellation by the student less than 7 days prior to a workshop will result in forfeit of your deposit and course fee
Each class has a maximum number of places available and a minimum number before it can run. If we have to cancel a workshop we will give as much notice as possible and a place will be offered for an alternative workshop at a future date. Refunds will be given in the event of tutor illness or insufficient numbers booked for a workshop.
We reserve the rights to vary these terms and conditions at any time.

The studio is based in the beautiful village of Glaisdale approximately 12 miles from Whitby on the North Yorkshire Moors.