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Workshop planning for 2019

I’m putting together workshops for early 2019. These will be as follows

Wednesday 16th January and 6th February Art clay Silver for enamelling. This workshop is to make pieces in art clay silver, suitable for enamel and does not include any enamelling. We suggest taking an enamelling workshop as a follow up class. These can be on consecutive days or some later date.

Thursday 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st January and 7th February
Enamelling on either copper or silver

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February – Etching and enamelling with Tom Lundsten £300

Wednesday 17th and 24th April Art clay silver for enamelling

Thursday 18th, 25th April and Thursday 2nd May Enamelling on silver

Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th May Enamelling on silver

The classes start at 9.45am and run until approximately 4.30pm each day. They are £170 per day, including basic materials (extra materials will be available to purchase on the day). The fee includes tea and coffee but you will need to bring a packed lunch. I always ask for 50% deposit to confirm the booking with the balance payable 7 days before the class. These classes take place in my studio in Hunmanby, near Filey, North Yorkshire.

I should also say I have a small dog. She won’t be in the studio while we are working but I always let people know in case of allergies.

There are also a few weekend dates available – please just use the contact form to enquire, letting me know the dates you are looking for.

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New work and happy collaboration

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

 

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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.

 

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Japan

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.  image

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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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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 …

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Cloisonné enamel jewellery

I have been having a big tidy up in my studio, emptied all the display cabinets and gave everything a thorough clean. I have redisplayed some of my work and now have a whole cabinet and plant and flower inspired jewellery. These are two pieces, the first made from sterling silver sheet was inspired by Victorian pressed plants in Whitby museum and the other is crocheted in wire and is a much earlier piece of textile related jewellery.

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I have included these two pretty cloisonné enamel pendants that I made a few years ago and think that next year I need to find time to do more of these.

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I am in the process of planning my teaching schedule for 2014 and it will include plenty of opportunities to learn to enamel, both on silver and copper, as well as classes in the New Mokume Gane techniques – including the four day certification course developed by Aida Corporation, the manufacturers of Art Clay products. If you would be interested in taking a class then just use the comments box to contact me (I won’t publish your details). I look forward to seeing some of you in the new year!

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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.

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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!