Enamel

The colours and translucency of transparent enamel over fine silver reminds me of boiled sweets, stained glass and brightly coloured buttons!  My inspiration comes from the natural beauty around me and more often than not features animals, plants and the landscape.

I create both jewellery and paintings with vitreous enamels, which are made from coloured ground glass fired in a kiln onto a metal base.

The paintings are enamelled on a steel or copper base.  I use the skills I have learned from watercolour painting combined with my knowledge of enamels to build up the layers required in each painting.  The paintings are fired many times to build up the colours as each layer must be bonded to the last.

To create the jewellery I fabricate the fine silver bases from my own designs and then I melt finely ground glass onto the silver in a kiln over several firings. It's an exciting art form which has been practiced for centuries, but the skills involved take time to learn.  When a piece is finished, however, you can be guaranteed that the colours will never fade and you will be purchasing your own little piece of history.

The gallery below shows some of my previous work.  For my current availability please see my Etsy shop.

grapevine_enamel_1

A fruity grapevine enamel in the cloisonne style. Approx 5cm x 4.3cm.

Fell Pony painted in vitreous enamel

Our local breed of pony, the Fell Pony. Usually dark brown in colour, occasionally grey ponies do crop up.

Silver and enamel pendant - 'Inle'

A pendant for all you Watership Down fans out there, this is a silver and enamel pendant I like to call 'Inle'.

Pink Rose vitreous enamel pendant

A beautiful pink rose layered over fine silver foil gives this silver pendant its sparkle.

Orange Viola fine silver and enamel pendant

A beautiful sparkly viola stands out against a black background in this silver and vitreous enamel pendant.

Turquoise silver and enamel pendant

A gorgeous geometric pendant featuring a simple real turquoise semi precious gemstone at its centre.

Herdwick Ram - painted vitreous enamel portrait

A vitreous enamel portrait of a Herdwick Ram, our local sheep breed in Cumbria. Approximately 32mm in diameter.

Geometric Heart

Geometric cloisonne enamel heart pendant

Lovehearts Silver and Enamel Necklace

Lovehearts Silver and Enamel Necklace

Heart Flowers Enamel Pendant

Fine silver and enamel pendant

Abstract Landscape Silver and Enamel Necklace

Abstract Landscape Silver and Enamel Necklace

Oscar Fox Enamel Portrait

A 32mm vitreous enamel portrait of Oscar Fox, mounted in wood.

Vegan Society Enamel Pendant

Vegan Society Enamel Pendant

Vegan Society Enamel Pendant

Vegan Society Enamel Pendant

Cherry Blossom Enamel Pendant

Cherry Blossom Enamel Pendant

Picotee Poppy Silver and Enamel Pendant

Picotee Poppy Silver and Enamel Pendant

Vitreous Enamel Snowflake Pendant

Vitreous Enamel Snowflake Pendant

Vitreous Enamel Snowflake Pendant

Vitreous Enamel Snowflake Pendant

Enamel Portrait of Benja Blue

Enamel Portrait of Benja Blue

Abstract Landscape Enamel Pendant

Abstract Landscape Enamel Pendant

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