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How I Started Enamelling

I first entered the world of enamelling through a silver jewellery summer school course at Sidcup Arts College. Although I enjoyed it, I didn’t feel it. My tutor mentioned that she was an enamel tutor and was running a short course so I gave it a go.

 It took quite a while for me to get to grips with firing and I confess, was on the brink of giving up. Then one firing right at the end of the course went perfectly. So it all started from that one firing. I gained my City and Guilds L2 in 2008 and in 2012 was awarded Associate Craftsman of The Guild of Enamellers.

I find enamelling so absorbing and it's easy to lose track of time when you are working on a piece. There are many different techniques both traditional and contemporary I use and sometimes you end up with unexpected but very pleasing results none the less. I have a teeny studio at home and love the learning process - there is something to learn either by chance or deliberate every day.

Most of my inspiration comes from living in the Kent countryside and my regular trips to our nearest coast of Hastings. I love the colours and textures you can create with enamels.

The images below show where it all happens

 

New Studio - at last!
 
One of my work views
Nice view for inspiration or day dreaming
 Inside studio 1
Lots of storage - need to streamline
 

The workstation