Enamelling is an ancient craft, still practiced today. There are various methods employed in enamelling.
My favoured technique is to sift the enamel powders onto copper shapes. The piece is then fired in a small kiln at temperatures of up to 900C. Although the firing is a fairly quick process, taking only minutes, it takes several applications and firings to obtain the desired result. I love the transformation of the dull enamel powders into bright, beautiful colours. My inspiration comes from nature, especially the sea, though I also like to experiment with abstract designs too. As with all crafts involving heat, the end result can be a delightful surprise, even if not intended.
April: Lisa Igo
Lisa Igo is a ceramic artist who creates one of a kind ceramic sculptures inspired by nature and folklore. Lisa runs workshops and teaches arts and crafts in her smallholding studio in Northamptonshire and at schools, festivals and venues across the country.
May: Tresham College Students
Students at Tresham College present products informed by their research into individual cities. Each item is hand-made and unique, using a diverse range of materials which reflect the cultural influences of their city.