Cloisonne Enamel by Annette Gardener
Annette believes a day out with her sea kayak is always a wonderful experience and a source of inspiration, exploring the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline and its secret caves, spectacular rock formations and magical islands.
The depth and colour of the sea, the often dramatic sky, is constantly changing. In the company of inquisitive seals and an abundance of sea birds she becomes part of their world. On dry land there are walks in the hills and cosy evenings with her cat and dog by the fire.
In her studio it all becomes very technical. The workbench is scattered with tubes containing finely ground glass powder which, once fired on copper sheet, will transform to a delicate translucent or a dramatic and bold surface of glass. For Cloisonne work the arrangements of sterling silver wire outlines the design. Fine gold and silver leaf may add sparkle to a seascape or life to a fire.
Enamel is finely ground glass powder fired onto a metal base at around 800° Celsius. The enamel fuses to the metal base and when cooled reveals a smooth surface of glass.
After up to six firings, etching and polishing, the piece reveals its final magic.
For her Cloisonne work she uses mostly transparent enamels fired over a white base-coat.
Address: Annette Gardener, Kittiwake Enamels, 'The Barn', Mabsgate, St. Ishmaels, Pembrokeshire SA62 3TL
Telephone - Home: 01646 636 612
Telephone - Mobile: 07854 881 556