Posts Tagged ‘enamel’

Meet The Maker – Caroline Watson

November 26, 2012
Caroline Watson - Jeweller

Caroline Watson – Jeweller

From her studio in London Caroline creates jewellery that reminds the wearer of a natural world that is simple and romantic but can also be dark and wild.

Toadstool necklace

Toadstool necklace

Her pieces may be worn as individual charms or styled together to evoke enchanting scenes – a single swallow enjoying the freedom of the open sky, or a woodland gathering of toadstools and wild roses, a wolf in the background, howling under the moon. Her designs are as timeless as the English countryside, enabling the owner to treasure each piece for many years to come.

Charm Bracelet

Charm Bracelet

Her exciting, stylish pieces may be one off bespoke items or part of a larger series, receiving orders from the National Trust and more recently the RSPB. Her work is represented in galleries and shops throughout the United Kingdom and online.

Swallow Studs

Swallow Studs

Caroline has been established for 16 years. Her jewellery has been featured in several magazines: The Independent, Bride and Groom, You and Your Wedding, Bliss, BBC Practical Gardening, and British Airways ‘In Flight’. Caroline was filmed in her studio designing and making a tiara for the Channel 4 programme Collector’s Lot. Her design projects are also featured in the book Two in One Jewellery Making By Madeline Coles, published by Quarto.

Cufflinks

Cufflinks

Meet The Maker – Fiona Cameron

September 11, 2011
Fiona Cameron - Jeweller and Enameller

Fiona Cameron - Jeweller and Enameller

Fiona Cameron trained in jewellery making and design at Edinburgh College of Art and she has been producing jewellery for galleries all over the UK for twelve years.

Fiona Cameron Circle Bracelet 2007

Fiona Cameron Circle Bracelet 2007

Fiona’s work predominantly features traditional kiln fired enamels. Fiona’s jewellery range that was inspired by the Scottish coastline where she grew up was one of the first ranges Heart Gallery showcased when we opened in 2006.

Fiona Cameron Pod Necklace 2007

Fiona Cameron Pod Necklace 2007

Although Fiona still makes jewellery she has recently produced a new range of artwork inspired by the many weird and wonderful collective nouns used in the animal kingdom.

Enamelled birds waiting for a home

Enamelled birds waiting for a home

It is this work that Heart Gallery wanted to showcase for our Fifth Birthday celebrations.

A Parliament of Owls - Fiona Cameron

A Parliament of Owls - Fiona Cameron

Ornithological inspired pictures, from a bosom of bluetits to a flamboyance of flamingoes are all hand cut and enamelled by Fiona, providing original and quirky pieces of art for your home. 

One for Sorrow, Two for Joy - Fiona Cameron

One for Sorrow, Two for Joy - Fiona Cameron

Heart Gallery adores these and hopes you do to.

A Brood of Hens - Fiona Cameron

A Brood of Hens - Fiona Cameron

Meet The Maker – Miranda Sharpe

July 23, 2011
Miranda Sharpe - Jeweller

Miranda Sharpe - Jeweller

Miranda started her professional practice/business designing and making contemporary jewellery in 2001 and has exhibited and sold her work widely across the UK and also ventured into the international market place.  Miranda enjoys the challenges of designing and producing a unique range of jewellery that holds commercial possibilities, alongside opportunities to create one-off or commission specific piece’s that can be larger/ bolder in design.

Curl Necklace - silver and enamel

Curl Necklace - silver and enamel

Miranda studied for a BA Hons degree in 3D design at Manchester Metropolitan University, followed by an MA specialising in jewellery design at the Birmingham School of Jewellery. In her latest collection the forms have evolved from an initial interest in feathers and the connotations with decoration and display.  The elements are simplified, abstracted and combined to create wearable compositions using silver, vitreous enamels and resin with some gold details.

Miranda Sharpe - Alula cuff

Miranda Sharpe - Alula cuff

Miranda’s approach to jewellery is to express what interests her visually, drawing on shape and form from the natural world and presenting it an abstracted way. Through the design process she explores form through simple lines and how repeating or layering materials and components can change the effect of a piece.  She is interested in three dimensions and view the elements of pieces as individual forms; Miranda aims to achieve structure within her work.

Miranda Sharpe - Wire necklace, silver and enamel

Miranda Sharpe - Wire necklace, silver and enamel

Miranda Sharpe - Alula brooch

Miranda Sharpe - Alula brooch

Miranda employs a variety of processes to make her work. She begins by working silver sheet, often it has texture added to it by rolling it through a rolling mill with an item. She forms pieces by using hammers and steel or wooden stakes, using pliers to shape wire and bending around forms. Components are fabricated and joined by soldering elements together; she also uses methods of riveting or pegs to connect two pieces together without soldering. Pieces are finished by polishing the metal surface or rubbing with pumice for a matt surface. When a matt or satin finish is used Miranda often burnishes the edges with a steel tool so that they are shiny in contrast.

Miranda Sharpe - Curl stud

Miranda Sharpe - Curl stud

Miranda Sharpe - ring

Miranda Sharpe - Silver Enamelled Ring

Miranda uses vitreous enamels and resin for colour in her work. The vitreous enamel comes in a powder form which she grind swith water in a pestle and mortar so that it is really fine. She applies the wet enamel to the cleaned metal surface letting it dry before firing in a kiln. Heat melts the enamel and fuses it to the metal surface. Sometimes the enamel is applied dry and sieved onto the metal.

Miranda Sharpe - three segment necklace

Miranda Sharpe - three segment necklace

Miranda Sharpe - Wing Brooch

Miranda Sharpe - Wing Brooch

After a period of research Miranda is developing a new body of work alongside continuing existing collections. This explores ideas of emotion and emotional responses. One strand is inspired heavily by microscopic images of disease and bacteria, translating images of matter that we find unpleasant and finding the beauty within it to evoke a contrasting response. For this work she is exploring scale by working on larger pieces for walls as well as pieces of jewellery. Heart Gallery is looking forward to seeing the end results.

How long has it been?

August 22, 2008

 

Hi folks

 

Just to let you know I have not forgotten you but is has been so hectic setting up to the Black and White Exhibition last week that time has just flown by and I really had to take a couple of days off this week to sort out my home! I could do with the elves coming in after I have gone to bed and sprucing the place up a bit!

The launch of Black and White went really well and I will post up some piccies next week for you but in the meantime here are some individual images of some of the fantastic work I have in Heart Gallery at the moment.

Take care.

Alison

 

 

the beautiful tortoise

the beautiful tortoise - Alison Read etchings,linocuts and woodcuts.

 

 

Amy Keeper photo etched silver jewellery using vintage postcards and photographs

Amy Keeper photo etched silver jewellery using vintage postcards and photographs

 

 

 

Kathryn Wightman blown glass - Eye Cand

Kathryn Wightman blown glass - Eye Candy

 

 

Jane Moore - unique 'one-off' necklace never to be repeated

Jane Moore - unique 'one-off' necklace only available from Heart Gallery

 

 

Sylvie Fuller ceramics - breakfast-for-one-hummingbird design

Sylvie Fuller ceramics - breakfast-for-one-hummingbird design

 

 

Tanya Gomez - small nightscape porcelain bowls

Tanya Gomez - small nightscape porcelain bowls

 

 

Andrea Thorpe - Protea silver etched bangle

Andrea Thorpe - Protea silver etched bangle


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