Inspired today by light shadows cast from a glass vase and a plant.
A wonderful intense blue and striking shapes, a great combination.....
Photograph - Copyright Ruth Ball 2012
The set of caddy spoons are now finished and avaliable at Payne & Son Oxford.
Commissioned by Payne & Son my brief was to design a set of spoons to celebrate the forthcoming Jubilee celebrations. On researching the coronation ceremony I discovered that the Queen wears more than one crown! She was invested in the St Edward crown (spoon on the right) and on the return journey back to Buckingham Palace she wore the Imperial State Crown (spoon on the left). The crown we are most likely to see her wear is the Diamond Diadem (centre spoon), which she wears on the occasions of travelling to the State Openings of Parliament.
I was also inspired by line in the poem written by the Poet Laureate, John Masefield which marked the Queen's Wedding, in 1947.
" Where a Crown shines, the courage cannot fail "
(second verse line thirdline)
The full poem can be found here.
This in one of a set of three caddy spoons that I'm working on for Paynes & Son in Oxford. Each spoon illustrates a different crown and will mark the celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee in June.
This spoon wears the Diamond Diadem, which is the crown that the Queen is dressed in between Buckingham Palace and The Palace of Westminster for the state opening of Parliament. It was originally made for George IV in 1820.
In the photo below the piece is still a work in progress. It is engraved and ready to be enamelled. I'll post another image when I finish the different stages......
Jubille Caddy Spoon - Design Copyright Ruth Ball 2012.
The Background images, and the quote, are from "Queen Elizabeth II - A Diamond Jubille Souvenir Album" by Royal Collection Publications, ISBN 9-781905-686407.
Coffee break - cannot stop designing - here is a photo sketch from the garden.
Litchen and Twig, ......thinking of medal shapes.....
I have been out and about again. This time to the Enamel for Public Art Professional Development short course, at West Dean College, Chichester.
The 5 day event was taught by Elizabeth Turrell, and included a day at the A. J. Wells Enamel factory on the Isle of Wight.
West Dean College is a stunning place to learn. The gardens and building itslf are worth a visit, and happily we had some lovely weather to enjoy in between enamelling.
The visit to A J Wells was inspiring. The opportunity to work on a larger scale again was really useful and has set me off wanting to do more work in a bigger format. The other great thing about having the chance to join a course is being able to get to know other designers and see enamel from different view points.
Sue Brown Rowan MaOnegal Stig Evans
My fellow students were printmaker/enameller Sue Brown, stained glass artist Rowan MaOnegal and contemporary fine artist Stig Evans, who produced some fabulous examples of contemporary enamel work.
Alongside discussing methods, swapping thoughts and information, the many examples of sample techniques demonstrated by Elizabeth provided a very motivating week.
Elizabeth Turrell - Examples of Enamel Methods.
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