Guess what I got for my birthday? It's a kit for enamelling. I've recently done some training in the skills of enamelling and have been itching to get started on some pieces in my own workshop. First things first, though. There's not a great deal of space left in my workshop (below left)... and I love the way my studio is (below centre).
So, in a subtle bid to take over the entire building and extend my silversmithing kingdom, I've moved the gym into the packing area! I now have a brilliant and bright space for drawing and enamelling. Can't wait to get started now. I've got lots of design ideas and have been scribbling away for weeks.
Eventually I want to enamel this piece. It's a work in progress. Made up of two parts, a pendant featuring Japanese ladies and a wisteria design brooch the two can be attached together to form a large and striking brooch. The sterling silver has been etched to highlight the design and I'm planning to apply some gorgeous enamel colour to really bring it to life.
I'll keep you updated
Thanks to Lana Crabb at Cooksongold and Denise McGowan (evanji.co.uk) for their tuition and inspiration.
This blog post was written and researched by Kate Buchanan-Dunne of Manor House Designs, creator of "beautiful bespoke silver jewellery" in her Shropshire workshop.
Kate Buchanan-Dunne is an artist, designer and silversmith based in Shropshire.