Next month I will be running some jewellery making workshops in Neath, Port Talbot. The first is this Paper and Silver Jewellery Workshop. Below are some examples of what you can make.
Yesterday I ran my second Enamelling Workshop at the Firegems studio. This week everyone chose to make pendants. They were quite ambitious with their ideas – choosing to cut into the copper blanks, folding them and enamelling both sides.
The smallest items were torch fired. A lovely easy technique that allows you to watch the changes in the enamel.
We used the kiln to fire the larger pieces and to allow us to enamel both sides of the pendants.
Some pieces had a few firings to add a second colour or pattern.
This chunky pendant was made to be reversible – blue and green on one side and red and orange on the other.
All the wonderful creations from this productive day:
I’ll be posting more images on my Facebook page @hannahduncancreations
On Saturday I ran my first Enamelling Workshop at the Firegems studio. There, I taught four lovely ladies how to enamel.
Here’s what we got up to together:
Choosing their copper blanks; everyone sat to draw out their ideas.
I then demonstrated how to sift and torch fire the enamel onto the copper blanks.
Everyone then took their turns firing their base layers.
In the afternoon, after a delicious lunch provided by Dawn Phillips (Thank you Dawn!), using the kiln we began building up the layers and patterns with different colours and decoration.
It was exciting to see what had happened to each piece once they were taken out of the kiln.
In the end everyone left with something they had made themselves – a pendant, pair of earrings or charms for a bracelet. I hope they were all pleased with their jewellery and enjoyed their day. I was certainly impressed with what they made.
I’m really excited (and a bit nervous) to be running an Enamelling Workshop next month. As a favour I’ve recently been looking after the Firegems mosaic workshops and in return I am being allowed use of the studio for my own work.
As the spaces for my workshop have been filling up I’ve been stocking up on my enamelling materials and tools. It’s always exciting opening up parcels. Now I’ve got a decent range of enamel colours, decorative media and copper shapes – something for everyone hopefully.
During my time in the Firegems workshops I’ve also been developing a new range of necklace and earring sets. They are looking pretty good so far.
Hannah Duncan Contemporary Jewellery can now be seen at Mission Gallery, Swansea.
The showcase is made up of most of my degree work plus a few new smaller necklaces and earrings. It is going to be on display for the duration of the current exhibition being held there – Situation/Material/Ocean. My work sits well next to this exhibition as it is based on coastal landscapes.
Having grown up in Swansea, as well as regularly visiting the south-west coast of Scotland, I have developed a love for the coast. This work combines enamelled silver and copper with fold-forming techniques and tangles of threads. The contrasting shapes and tactile surfaces are also used to embody the coastal landscape. My jewellery is an attempt to capture the beauty of this landscape and also immerse the wearer in the atmosphere of the shoreline.
So, if you’re in Swansea why not drop into Mission Gallery and check out the current exhibition and my work in the craft area. And while you’re at it why not treat yourself to a necklace or pair of earrings.
Took my time about this but here’s a few more students’ work from the exhibition:
Game Designer – Sunny Pang
Computer Animator – William NicholasGraphics Designer – Kasia LodygaGraphics Designer – Elliott Hawkins
I am relieved to tell you my exhibition display is up!
Today has been a busy day but the exhibition is pretty much ready so it was totally worth it. Everyone’s work looked fantastic!
I am also pleased to say that a photo of my petri dishes, from a previous project, was chosen to be used in one of the posters for the exhibition.These are the other posters, with images of other students work.The exhibition is at the Grand Theatre in Swansea and will be open for anyone to see from tomorrow until Monday. The Private view is on Thursday at 6:30. Feel free to come and see the work.