Day 2 of Open Studios

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 […]

Textural series

These pieces are part of my range of sterling silver jewellery called Textural and are inspired by textures found in the landscape. They are currently available directly from me and on display in my studio for North Yorkshire Open Studios 2012. Please email me if you would like to buy one of these pieces or […]

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. I will be open on Saturday 9th June, Sunday 10th, Friday […]

North Yorkshire Open Studios 2012

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 – […]

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. 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. […]

More cloisonné pendants

Today I have had another fun day teaching Steph a bit about cloisonné enamel on silver. The workshop was a present from her husband so she didn’t really know what to expect although she had done some basic enamelling on copper a few years ago, so knew a little about enamel. We began by selecting […]

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. These images are built up in layers of different colours, firing each layer and allowing it to cool before continuing. I used a […]

An introduction to cloisonné enamel

Today I have been teaching an introduction to cloisonné enamelling techniques. My student Nicky already has experience in making silver jewellery and bezel setting stones so rather than using pre-made silver blanks I suggested she texture some small pieces of silver sheet to enamel onto. She cut out, annealed, pickled and textured some silver and […]

Wet packing enamel onto fine silver jewellery

Today I have made a little video clip of me wet laying enamel onto the surface of a small piece of silver. Here is the piece at the end of the torch firing process. I will now have to work out how to add video clips to my blog so that I can share the […]

New classes, new dates for 2012

I am pleased to be able to announce some more dates and classes for the summer. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to make your own unique piece of jewellery or to learn something about the fascinating craft of enamelling. Enamel is a form of glass and used very finely ground to apply […]