January motivation

So, I’m making a pair of figures, riveted at the arms and waist. These will be more 3d in style, hence the clips to try and gauge how they will look. I’m aware I’m only showing one figure, but I will post more images later as I progress more. The next stage is to experiment with copper mesh…

Christmas day

Just a short little post… for all the people that received one of my pieces of art on christmas day, I hope you loved your gift, made by me with love and given to you with love.

Tidy up, paint, move on!

After a busy arts weeks I’ve spent the last week tidying up, and as the sun shone over the weekend I managed to repaint the workshop, in preparation for winter, the woodwork is now gleaming and ready for any cold, rainy weather that may come over the months ahead. 🍁☔️ So- this week, it’s time to photograph and upload some of my work into Etsy. I have decided to keep some work just for my website, so do look through my gallery for larger pieces, but if you’re looking for a smaller item, then take a look at my Etsy shop, there will be more over the coming weeks too! https://www.etsy.com/shop/joannehorrobinenamel/

Balustrade in-situ

How beautiful does this look?! I’m so privileged to have been a part of this, dishing the copper discs and using transparent vitreous enamel, and 24ct gold foil to create detail to this timeless piece of art. With thanks to my very talented father @James Horrobin for this beautiful design and forging, and for being my father! And To @fosterlomas and John Hesp and all others that have been involved. 😊

In memory


My Grandparents Betty and Harry Horrobin were extraordinary people, they had a zest for life and as grandparents they gave me in equal measure a foundation to springboard from, Betty being the home maker, always having homemade soup on the go and spiced fairy cakes at hand with a cup of tea or home made wine, if it was that time in the afternoon! We would listen from the sitting room, open fire blaring, to Harry with his Wednesday music group, violins and a piano going, laughing and enjoying each other’s company while Betty told stories of fairies and goblins which were, as a child always engaging and exciting, And Harry, prolific in his creativity, moving from being a blacksmith to woodwork, violin maker and potter, and seamstress at times- I have the dress to prove it! As well as this they were heavily involved in the CND movement, my grandmother providing the flasks of tea and sandwiches at the CND peace protests and my grandfather with musical instruments and handmade cards and badges to sell, as well as bolt croppers!!!😬 There are lots of stories I could tell of their antics and my experience of journeying with them to Greenham Common, but as I find myself ,years later reflecting on their legacy to me, One small little ceramic badge looks at me from my workshop, a dove, the dove of peace. So these ARTcards are in memory of them and times gone by, of a bank full of love that will last me a life time and a inheritance to continue to develop.

Ceramic CND badge made by Harry Horrobin.1970s/1980s

Let’s talk!

Your invited to visit Somerset Open Studios. Starts Sat 19th Sept till Sun 4th Oct. 10am to 5pm by appointment. Go to Somerset arts works to view all venues, some virtual only, but 11 Open to visitors in West Somerset! A treasure and a wonderful day out. Plan your trail, and don’t forget to book in advance. 😊