Over the years I have been asked if I make jewellery, to which I’ve said no, I love the scale I work at and the thought of all those tiny fiddly pieces just isn’t for me! BUT, after making enamelled discs for ARTcards, I realised I could combine my vessel shape on a small scale to make pendants, so over the last few weeks I’ve developed some new ideas, drawing on my sculptural and vessel textures and designs, I can now see how my art can be worn! Miniature enamel concave discs, in the style of my larger work! Hope you like them, more to come over the weeks, will be on etsy to.
When I woke up this morning, I knew I would get up early and turn the kiln on, excited for the morning ahead, I had a quick breakfast and thought about what colours I wanted to use and a loose idea of design. The figures, lay in the hot pickle, cleaning off any grease and dirt ready for the application of enamel. I mainly use wet process vitreous enamel as it really lends its to the sgraffito technique, which is scratching back layers of enamel before firing. I’m really happy with the results today, including the application of enamel onto copper mesh, which will be for the skirts. Next stage tomorrow will be applying a bronze patina to the bare copper… more images to follow at the next stage
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…
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.
Examples of work that can be purchased from my Etsy shop, now also showcasing work from James Horrobin, international Master Blacksmith.
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/
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. 😊
Also a few pictures of my preparations for Open studios- STARTS this Saturday 19th- SUNDAY 4th Oct. (closed mom/tues)