Artwork for Katie Sanderson
Enamelled Mountain Biker
Enamelled “Crackle” pendant
Enamelled sgraffito picture
Enamelled horse brooch
Enamel on copper mini Landscape
Every piece I create be that a picture or item of jewellery is unique. I can say that with create clarity as I use these ancient enamelling techniques in explorative and experimental ways to push what the materials can do. I readily take up the challenge to produce anything I can sketch into a piece of enamel art. I do this because I find enamelling most addictive when you approach it freely with out complete regard for the foundation methods and instead experiment.
It means seeing everything, one day I realised I was no longer just looking at something I was instead seeing it. Every detail, every colour change, every pattern and in seeing the world in technicolour I was open to inspiration and an appreciation of the world around me that was unlocked forever.
I’m an enamel artist or Enamelist. I create unique kiln fired enamel work also known as Vitreous enamel. I also teach kiln fired enamelling across the country and at my own studio in the Forest of Dean.
I practice a wide range of enamelling techniques including, sieving, adding decorations, sgraffito, stencilling, transparent and opaque enamel, using fine silver and gold foils, high firing, swirling and my favourite wet packing.
All these I also teach in my enamelling workshops which take place from my studio in the Forest of Dean and at many venues across the country.
I’m mainly self taught, I didn’t attend an art course of any kind beyond A-level art. But I was fortunate enough to be introduced to enamelling by my mother who an enamel artist herself gave me a great grounding and furthered my knowledge over the years. I started teaching through assisting her in her teaching and then over 6 years ago I left my previous career behind to focus full time of enamelling and raising my family.
I’m a member of Far Open and exhibited with them last year at the Dean Heritage Museum.
The Boat House Gallery, Tintern
Eastington Farm Shop, Eastington
Created by Hand, Strelley, Nottingham
Locally Produced for you, West Bridgford, Nottingham
From Home, Berkeley