I am back in the workshop after a really successful show at this years Goldsmiths Fair. The fair is always a treat and a huge privilege to be part off. The new beakers got lots of positive feedback and sales !
I am really excited about the new boxes that I have commissioned from Katy Wilde from KATYSBOX.
Her attention to detail and bespoke service is the answer to my long searched for solution to finding the right boxes for my pieces.
Individual work requires a beautifully designed box and Katy is not just brilliant at coming up with impressive packaging, but as an added bonus, she is also local to me here in the North West. Based in Liverpool, Katy combines her design and finishing skills with a creative flair, and is definitely worth checking out if you need a really stunning box for something special !
Read more about her innovative company and specialist services on her website http://www.katywilde.com/
ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT !
My summer courses at the JSDA are booking fast - don't hesitate to get in touch if you are intrested !
The sessions are held on the 14 / 15 /16 August 2014 at JSDA in the Big Peg Building, The Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.
Day One - enamelling on copper using sifting techniques, stenciling & scraffito for creative effects - Cost £120
Day Two - enamelling on silver using the "wet-lay" method and wires to create a contemporary cloisonne style - Cost £120
Day Three - enamelling silver/copper, as per the previous days, but with a focus on settings for enamels - Cost £120
The price for each day is £120. Book all three days and get a 10% discount.
View more info here on the courses page Email me for booking information : firstname.lastname@example.org
View info here about the location of the JSDA workshop & related information.
The Goldsmiths fair 2014 has a brand new look ! have a look at their new website HERE
Check me out on the exhibitors list for this year ! I am looking forward to exhibiting new pieces in my shoreline collection and the dish series, plus work from a brand new collection...which is tantalizingly blue.....more info as I make...
Had an interesting day this week skill sharing with print maker friends.
They tested a various effects on decal paper, and found some lovely effects.....
Last weeks course in Birmingham at JSDAUK hosted by Rajesh Gogna was a lovely few days of teaching and I was delighted to share techniques with a gifted and very lovely group of makers. We had a great few days of making. Thank You to jeweler Liz Smith for sending in this photo of the cloisonne day.
Have a peep at other workshop days here on my newly created workshop gallery page.
The music makers exhibition at the Bluecoat Display Center is a lovely mix of insightful, and very personal responses, to curator Michael Brennan Wood's brief whereby makers were tasked to create a piece based on a piece of influential music.The role call of exhibitors is a veritable who's who in the world of contemporary making with designers from several continents making up the exhibitors list. Artists include Julie Arkell, Mike Badger, Louise Baldwin, Ruth Ball, Stephen Bird, Michael Brennand-Wood, Lucy Casson, Kai Chan, Paul Derrez, Warwick Freeman, Sally Freshwater, Gavin Fry, Pamela Gaunt, Matthew Harris, Rozanne Hawksley, Tom Hill, Mike Holmes, Rachael Howard, Rebecca Gouldson, Jeanne-Marie Kenny, Ester Knobel, Cleo Mussi, Floor Mommersteeg, Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley, Wendy Ramshaw, Philip Sanderson, Paul Scott, Verena Sieber-Fuchs, Anne Smith, Elizabeth Tarr, Christine Toh, Elizabeth Turrell, Jessica Turrell, Audrey Walker and Liz Williamson.
There are free musical events in the gallery so pop along if you can for fun and foot tapping !
I am so excited to be part of this exhibition curated by Micheal Brennand-Wood
Check out the information here > http://www.bluecoatdisplaycentre.com/exhibition/music-makers/
If you would like to attend the Private view please come along - RSVP email@example.com
I am teaching again next month at JSDAUK http://www.jsdauk.com/index.htm in Birmingham.
The first dates for 2014 will be on 3rd, 4th & 5th April 2014.
Thursday 3rd - Enamelling on Copper
Friday 4th - Enamelling on Cooper or Silver with precious leaf and foil
Saturday 5th - Enamelling on Silver
£95 per day (10% Discount with a valid student ID card.)
View info here about the location of the JSDAUK workshop & related information.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more : firstname.lastname@example.org
I am pleased to be giving an artist talk this month for the Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool. The event is open to the friends member's group but all are welcome to join - Please see details below and view more information on the Bluecoat Display Center website.
‘Elegant Enamelling’ Tuesday 25th February 2014 | 1.00 – 4.00pm
(arrivals from 1pm for 1.30pm start)
£12.50 each (includes tea, sandwiches & cakes at The Athenaeum Club, Liverpool)
Book and pay for all four of our Athenaeum events happening in 2014 for the special rate of £10 for each event!
Ruth Ball will speak about her use of fine enamelling techniques to create unique artworks. Ruth designs a range of fine silverware including caddy spoons, dishes, wall based artworks and also undertakes jewellery commissions. Ruth enjoys creating stunning pieces which can be celebrated. A traditional afternoon tea in the grand setting of The Athenaeum Club will follow the talk! This event is open to current & new subscribing Members of Bluecoat Display Centre and The Athenaeum.
Places are limited so advanced booking is essential.
To reserve a place for this event, become a member or renew your membership, please call Bluecoat Display Centre on 0151 709 4014, email us at email@example.com or go to our website www.bluecoatdisplaycentre.com/about/friends.
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Last group photo for our 20th Anniversary Year! Meet the maker event Saturday 18th January 2014.
Its a lovely exhibition and only on until the 25th January - catch it while you can....
"Mersey Jewellers Go Platinum" 1994-2014
Friday 17th January 2014 - Saturday 25th January 2014.
The Mersey Jewellers and Metal Artists Network (MJMAN) is a group of independent jewellers and metal artists working within Merseyside, originally set up in 1994 for mutual support, promotion and to encourage the highest standards of design and craftsmanship. These aims remain important today but as a group MJMAN has decided to disband in 2014 which will mark their 20th anniversary.
Current members of MJMAN are busy exhibiting nationally and internationally so the decision to close the group and have a final retrospective in 2014 was made earlier this year. The Bluecoat Display Centre have strong links with key members of the group who they exhibit regularly and are delighted to be involved in the celebrations to mark their 20th year.
This short exhibition, which is an addition to the Bluecoat Dsiplay centre's original 2014 programme, features selected members from MJMAN including Alison Bailey Smith, Ruth Ball, Judith Brown, Emma Farnworth, Elaine Jenkins, Linda Jeanne Jones, Julia Lightfoot, Kate Moult, Alan Phillips, Lisa Waldman & Anthony Wong.
There will be an afternoon preview for this show on Saturday 18th January between 2-4pm. when some of the exhibitors will be available to chat about their work. EVERYONE WELCOME
A great big THANK YOU to Craft & Design - find me in the "Makers Gallery" and "Enamelling in Europe"
Copyright : Craft & Design and Individual Makers
7 & 8 December 2013 - 2 days only !
The last time to see MJMAN *Sparkle*
At the BLUECOAT Liverpool. Find us in the HUB
Anthony Wong . Barry Swerdlow . Alison Bailey Smith .
Alan Phillips . Laura Naylor . Linda Jeanne Jones .
Julia Lightfoot . Julia MacGregor Elaine Jenkins .
Emma Farnworth . Anne Crabtree . Judith Brown .
Mersey Jewellers and Metal Artists Network 1994 - 2014
The Goldsmiths Company is one of the sponsors of the Heart of the Heat enamel exhibition held from the
11 November - 13 December at Birmingham University. Organized jointly by the British Society of Enamelers and The Guild of Enamellers, this is a major get together of contemporary work from all levels of the field.
Read more : http://www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk/news/enamel-exhibition-at-school-of-jewellery-in-birmingham/
House of Jewellers are showing selected works at the forthcoming Desire fair WINCHESTER Guildhall
November 15 -17 2013 | 12.30 pm – 5.30 pm Friday | 10 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday
My "Unknown Hero" artwork is on display this month in Birmingham with the BSOE & The Guild of Enamellers Exhibition.
I am presenting a talk at 4:30pm at the private view opening on 13 Nov 2013. All welcome - RSVP by email
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"Unknown Hero's" - artwork - mounted in a 40x50cm perspex box frame
Materials: Enamel on silver which is 18ct gold plated, amd includes fine gold foil & wire inlay - pins are hand fabricated in 9ct gold and are also 18ct gold plated - ribbons are hand sewn & the paper is hand embossed .
This piece was made to celebrate hero's in science for Collect 2012 in an exhibition of work showcased by the Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.
I am delighted to discover my silver work featured in the latest edition of Craft Art International !
Edition number 88 - page 80 - An article which reviews the Goldsmiths Fair in 2012.
Hoyry-Galleria which translates in English to "The Steam Gallery" is a small independent gallery situated in a converted harbor building at Korpilahti, on the shore of the second largest lake in Finland, Lake Päijänne. Founded by designers Ulla Huttunen & Arto Salmien in 2011 the galleries primary intent is to promote their own work, a unique combination of enamel and wood. However, they also keenly host a busy programme of art exhibitions in a dedicated gallery space which highlights the work of professional Finnish artists and international designers. I am delighted to have been able to travel to Finland and display my work alongside the work of Irish Silversmith's Michael McCrory and Cara Murphy plus Enameller & printmaker Dierdre McCrory ........Read more about the SILVER & ENAMEL exhibition here
Looking forward to visiting Ulla Huttunen & Arto Salmien in their lovely new gallery in Finland next month !
I will be exhibiting alongside enameller Deirdre McCrory,
and silversmiths Michael McCrory and Cara Murphy.
The gallery hosts an interesting elective mix of art & design shows
> check out their flicker page
When I am not enameling I enjoy printmaking !
This month I have a selection of new prints on display / for sale, in a group show titled "PRESS-GANG"
Open from 5 - 27 September 2013
16 Cook Street Liverpool.
View more details here.
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