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

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.

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!

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.

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.