Enamoured tour concludes.

The fantastic exhibition ends 30th April.
Be sure to visit the show in its final days at
the Mid Wales Art Centre.

Tamar De Vries Winter - For Safe Keeping

Tamar De Vries Winter – For Safe Keeping

Opening Hours
Thursday to Sunday 10am – 4pm

Mid Wales Arts Centre
Caersws
Powys
SY17 5SB

Handmade Edinburgh

Applications for HANDMADE EDINBURGH 2017
are invited any time before 28th April 2017

From October 27–29 2017 and following the success of our first year in Scotland, Handmade Edinburgh will be returning to The Hub in the Royal Mile, Edinburgh!

Visit Handmade in Britain to apply.

 

De Vroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form

A celebration of five decades of artistic collaboration between
Leo and Ginnie de Vroomen.

12 April, 2017 – 26 July, 2017
Open Monday – Wednesday, 10am – 4pm
Free

The showcase brings together over 100 pieces of De Vroomen jewels, sketches reflecting the creative process, as well as Ginnie’s vivid paintings inspired by nature and the urban landscape. Bold, sophisticated jewellery with flowing lines is placed in conversation with polychromatic abstract art.

 De Vroomen is well known for its bold use of enamel and was at the forefront of its revival in fine jewellery. Consequently, colourful bangles, earclips, necklaces and rings offer insight into its distinctive style, one that ‘isn’t influenced by the vagaries of fashion’.

For further information on this event go to The Goldsmiths’ Company website.

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.