GLASS METAL FIRE - Enamels at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

My educational display of enamels are on display in the Craft & Design Showcase
until 3 February 2011
The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

A range of techniques are represented and each piece displayed reveals the stages of making.

Enamel Painting is profiled by a collection of minatures.
The main piece is a painting of The Walker Art Gallery Building. This is complimented by two portraits, which are llustrations representative of Willam Roscoe and Josph Mayer, prominent figures in the early establishment of the Walker and it's collection.
The Walker -10cmx12cm -enamel on copper / silver frame.
Willam Roscoe - 8cmx6cm - enamel on copper / silver frame.
Joseph Mayer 8cmx6cm - enamel on copper / silver frame.

Cloisonne is characterised by a repeat unit necklace.
23cm diam - enamel on silver

" Off the Wall " - Enamel on Copper - Each Panel 15x15cm

A set of three abstract panels based on urban surfaces describe the combination of stencil, scraffito and screen printed methods.

As with each section supporting test pieces illustrate the build up of stages.

The Plique a Jour earrings, are based on sketches of patterns in water.
"Flow" - enamel on silver

Champleve engraving in progress.

Champleve Work, which involves the engraving of recesses for the placement of enamel is highlighted by a small salt bowl.

Champleve Salt Bowl - 11x11cm - enamel on silver

I'm delighted to be able to present a snapshot of enamel techniques again at the Walker. I first worked with the gallery on a collection of video clips showing enamel methods which is now on touch screen viewing in the Craft and Design gallery. That initial project lead me to have the confidence to develop my guide to enamelling as a book for A&C Black, and so its a major privilege for me now to return again to the Walker to profile enamels in such a prominent way.

All work is Copyright Ruth Ball 2009