3d Enamelling On Copper Foil With Maureen Carswell

Tuesday 28th Mar 2017 10am

Workshop charge: £50 per person – includes basic materials and equipment.
(10% discount for multiples bookings available)

Contact: info@midwalesarts.org.uk – to request a booking form.

Maureen Carswell is a member of the British Society of Enamellers. She specialises in working on thin copper foil that enables delicate individual forms to be made from the simplest bowl shape through pleated, folded pieces, right through to ‘fantasy’ pieces. We will use liquid enamel and liquid flux, which can be used as an agent to hold sifted enamel. Sgraffito in liquid enamels can also be used in the decorative process and this will be included. There will be an opportunity to try other forms of decoration, such as decals, gold and silver foils etc and experiment with torch firing can be included. Bring any drawings, ideas and photographs you may have.

Book Jill Leventon’s course as well and receive a 10% discount.

Accommodation available. Refreshments and healthy lunch available £7.50.

http://www.midwalesarts.org.uk/workshops.php

Handmade at Kew

Deadline for applications: Friday 31st March

This four-day international contemporary craft event offers you the opportunity to meet and buy directly from over 200 extraordinary designer-makers working across all disciplines including: ceramics, jewellery, fashion and textiles, glass, paper, furniture, metalwork, sculpture and interior accessories.

It’s a really special chance to invest in beautiful, unique products at a show where you can buy, browse and commission directly from the maker; unearthing the stories, inspirations and processes behind the exquisite work of some of the world’s most talented craftspeople. Most of the work on show can’t be found on the high street so it really is a one-off opportunity to shop for unique products and gifts in very picturesque setting.

handmadeinbritain.co.uk/kew

 

A Tribute to Endre Hevezi

I first met Endre in 1985 when I formed the British Society of Enamellers or The Society of British Enamellers as it was known then, when he became a member of the original Steering committee. He served on the committee for many years, with much enthusiasm and was always willing to take on jobs in the running of the Society.

Endre was one of the reasons for the change of name, as he was born in Szeged, Hungary. There were other members who were not British, including Irish and American, so it was decided that British Society was a better reflection of the membership.

I knew that he was a talented artist and enameller whose work was in major collections and museums, but sadly it was not until after his death that I learnt the full extent of his talents and also of the fascinating story of his life.

In 1941 he attended the Budapest Technical University, where he studied Architectural Engineering. At this time the whole of the second year, including the tutors, were conscripted into the German army. He mercifully survived the experience and towards the end of the war found himself and a school friend in northern Europe – they made a joint decision to go to Denmark. This is where his career started as an artist in the late 40s. He painted portraits and landscapes and worked for the Kastrup Pottery. It was there also that he met his wife, Birthe. They decided to move to England together. They arrived with almost no money and a 5 year contract to work as a labourer, moving heavy clay around at Booths & Colcloughs (became Ridgeway Potteries Ltd).

Endre’s artistic talents were soon noticed and he became a designer for the firm, winning the prize of Design Scholar for the Federation of Pottery Manufacturers in 1951. Part of the prize was a trip to New York.

At the end of his 5 year contract in 1953, he moved to London. At that time foreign degrees were not recognised in the UK, so with his typical determination and capacity for hard work, he studied and achieved a Masters degree in Architecture at the University of London.

I can find no reference to when nor how he began enamelling, but the scope and range of his work is amazing. He is quoted as saying “I became a veritable Jack of all Trades – you can do so many things if you have a big pottery kiln”.

I imagine that his largest commission was for decorative metalwork, mosaics and stained glass windows for Debre Libanos Coptic cathedral near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There are three massive mosaics on the front of the cathedral and eight more showing the life of Christ, covering more than 600 sq ft – the largest mosaics ever made in England. They were shown at the Royal Festival Hall before being shipped out. Endre was out in Ethiopia for six months, supervising the installation. The work shows the same wonderful use of colour which shines out in his enamels.

Endre had many one man shows at numerous galleries, including the Drian Gallery in Hyde Park, and his work is in private collection in Europe and America and in the National galleries of Warsaw and Gdansk, the National Gallery and the Museum of Decorative Arts, Budapest, the Silkeborg Museum, Denmark and the Usher Gallery, Lincoln. In 1988 he won first prize at the International Enamel Exhibition in La Coruna, Spain.

At the age of 80 he became a film maker, producing “Images, a trilogy of animation”  images in pastel to the music of Schubert and Beethoven. We were lucky enough to have a showing at one of our AGM meetings at The Art Workers Guild.

In the last two years he designed and made stained glass windows for the Hungarian Reformed Church in Zillah, Romania. He was in fact working on a commission right to the very end of his life. A truly remarkable man and I feel privileged to have known him. It is fitting that his work is included in Enamoured.

Go to Endre’s website – heveziart.com – where you will see photos of some of the range of his work.

Maureen Carswell.

Enamoured’s Tour Continues

Enamoured is currently being shown at its penultimate location in Sheffield’s Butcher Works Gallery.

A beautiful exhibition of contemporary enamelling, from exquisite beakers and miniature portraits on silver to large industrial panels on steel, via high firing, sifting, stencilling and wet-packing, showing the range of techniques currently used.

Find more information at Butcher Works Gallery at Academy of Makers website.

Butcher Works Gallery
Academy of Makers
72 Arundel Street
Sheffield S1 2NS

Free Entry

14 February–11 March 2017
Monday–Saturday
10:00–15:00
Tel: 0114 2525972
gallery@fmc.rmt.org

Intro to enamelling workshop

Get to grips with vitreous enamel on copper with tutor Linda Connolly. Sifting, stencilling, sgraffito, firing & more, an excellent introduction to this vibrant colourful material. For beginners, some metalwork skills useful.

Saturday 11th March 2017 – 10.30–16.00

Cost £60.00, to book for this workshop click here

Butcher Works Gallery
Academy of Makers
72 Arundel Street
Sheffield S1 2NS

Guerrilla Enamelling

Easy access techniques for enamelling. Bonnie Mackintosh will show 3 videos on torch-firing by Jill Leventon, sifting & stencilling. There will be samples to handle & your questions will be answered!

Entry is free but must be booked, please – click here to book

Wednesday 8th March 2017
14.00 – 16.00

Butcher Works Gallery
Academy of Makers
72 Arundel Street
Sheffield S1 2NS

Birmingham Assay Office Events Added

Enamoured – Events added to enamoured progamme at the Birmingham Assay Office

Enamelling Video Show with Question & Answer Session

Three videos of “Guerrilla” Enamelling followed by a question and answer session, presented by Jill Leventon and Bonnie Mackintosh. Jill and Bonnie will discuss ways to use enamel creatively and in a contemporary way.

Tue 24 January 2017
16:00 – 17:30 GMT
Tickets £3 – Purchase here

Rachel Butlin Selected for Hothouse

Rachel Butlin Selected for Hothouse – The Crafts Council has selected 35 maker businesses to take part in the six month Hothouse programme, delivered in partnership across the UK.

For 2017 makers cover a broad range of disciplines including nine jewellers, six ceramists, six textile makers, three glass makers, and five furniture makers. Hothouse has partners with a range of specialist gallery spaces, studio spaces and universities.

BSOE member, Rachel Butlin makes up one of the nine jewelers selected and states that she draws inspiration from Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Rachel uses a variety of techniques from enamelling to creating settings, to combine non traditional materials harmoniously together. See more of her work here.

Guild of Enamellers’ Bursary Award 2017

As one of the proud sponsors of the Guild of Enamellers’ Bursary Award 2017, we are excited to announce Emily Higham as this year’s winner along with runners up Hannah Duncan, Josefina Martinez and Leah Wadey.

The award aims to support the progression of enamellers at the start of their career, and extends memberships to the guild and the society as well as providing opportunities to develop technique and network within the field.

Read more about Emily Higham and her work here and find the full article in the current issue of Craft & Design magazine.

Bursary Award winner 2017 Emily Higham Hive Necklace

Emily Higham Hive Necklace

Enamelling on precious metal with Joan Mackarell

Enamelling on precious metal with Joan Mackarell

Goldsmiths Centres
13 and 14 February

10:00 – 4:30 GMT

£250

Information PDF

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