Sculpture
  • Copper, silver and enamel panel
  • Folded silver pendant

Gillian Harkness
I have always had a huge interest in art. I originally attended an enamelling course for five years at the Bristol School of Art and Design under the tutorship of Elizabeth Turrell. I also combined this with a silversmithing and jewellery making course.

I have been an active member of the Guild of Enamellers for many years, being a regional representative up to 2009. Attending the yearly conferences and meeting many like minded passionate enamellers, has helped broaden my interest.

I was awarded the Maureen Carswell award for the entrant for selection gaining the highest marks at Craftsman level. I have also won the Enameller Elect award chosen by members at conference.

Having learnt and tried out many techniques, I have been working recently using deeply etched copper (Champleve) and wet packing ground enamel directly onto copper, stoning back and repeating this process until a final flux firing completes the piece.

Many of my designs are derived from aerial photographs which I think lend themselves to an interesting use of enamelling techniques.

Looking to change the shape of the flat surface of the metal, I have experimented using a doming press, an oxy-acetylene torch, fold forming, etching and repoussé to change the shape of the surface and edges of the pieces which I am working on. Enamelling using this technique involves a lot of time-consuming processes that, hopefully, produce original and always unrepeatable pieces of work.

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