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)
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.
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. 😊
More information to come about other venues that are open in West Somerset so you can plan your tour around.
In preparation for Somerset Arts weeks that begin on Sat 19th Sept, I’ve spent the day in the workshop forming some organic sea forms, their not finished yet, The next stage is to consider whether to enamel parts of them and or use a patina. Hopefully they will be on display for the arts weeks, Fully finished!!!!
A selection of work now available on Etsy, including Art cards, bookmarks and more. Visit my shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/joannehorrobinenamel/
Somerset Art Works (SAW) is an artist-led organisation and Somerset’s only countywide agency dedicated to developing the visual arts.
— Read on somersetartworks.org.uk/somersetreacquainted/joanne-horrobin/