The Art of Enamelling – a Celebration

ENAMOURED, The Atrium, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1, until 18th November 2016

Vase adieu. Flower vase. Standard silver and transparent enamel. Year made: 2016. Designed and made by: collaboration between London based enameller Frances Loyen and silversmith Hector Miller Size: Ht. 33cm Width at base 11cm Photo credit: - Rosalind Miller

Vase adieu. Flower vase. Standard silver and transparent enamel.
Year made: 2016.
Designed and made by: collaboration between London based enameller Frances Loyen and silversmith Hector Miller
Size: Ht. 33cm Width at base 11cm
Photo credit: – Rosalind Miller

Organised by The British Society of Enamellers this exhibition celebrates the work of both their established members and new graduates.  The technique of enamelling has a long history dating back as far as the 16th century BC and one can quite understand its enduring appeal through the ages because the transformation from powdered glass (frit) applied to a metal surface to form a vibrant, hard colourful surface is achieved in the kiln at high temperature.

Evangeline Long Three Dimensional Object Title “Barn”, 2016 Enamel on corrugated copper - balsa wood frame Sifted Jewellery Enamel -firescale - high fired Dim : H 20cm X D11cm. X W14cm Photo : Tracey Sherwood

Evangeline Long
Three Dimensional Object Title “Barn”, 2016
Enamel on corrugated copper – balsa wood frame
Sifted Jewellery Enamel -firescale – high fired
Dim : H 20cm X D11cm. X W14cm
Photo : Tracey Sherwood

Traditional techniques such as Basse-Taille, Champlevé, Cloisonné and Plique à Jour are still used today but nowadays it can also be industrially applied. While we may usually associate the technique with jewellery or precious object such as those created by Fabergé it can also be applied to metals such as copper, cast iron and stainless steel.

This is a wonderful celebration of this fascinating and enduring technique.

Joan Mackarell: Celtic perfume bottle Silver, enamel, up-cycled glass bottle 8 x 10 cms Cloisonné Joan finds the old bottles in antique shops and then designs and makes new tops in silver and enamel which are inspired by the bottle shapes.

Joan Mackarell:
Celtic perfume bottle
Silver, enamel, up-cycled glass bottle 8 x 10 cms
Cloisonné
Joan finds the old bottles in antique shops and then designs and makes new tops in silver and enamel which are inspired by the bottle shapes.

 

 

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