I’ve always been captivated by the alchemy of colour and sheer versatility of enamel as a medium. The amazing transition the material undergoes from solid glassy frit, which is ground to powder and then fused onto metal, is for me just fascinating. The range of methods with which the enamel is applied to metal can provide amazing of effects and styles. I can’t think of any other medium having the same wealth of diversity and appeal. 

In my work I’ve explored a variety of enamel techniques. I’ve worked on educational projects, trade work, and also produce my own designs as one-off and limited-edition pieces for gallery exhibitions.

My favourite technique is painted enamel, but my work tends to involve a variety of methods to suit whatever style or effect I want to achieve within a collection. I generally enamel over silver but will also include gold details and precious stones within a piece.

The influences behind the pieces that I design are various, but they are always lead by a sense of colour, and mark making, which combine with an interest in pattern, ornamentation, and decorative effects.


1987: The Platinum Award – won the section for Innovative Design and was also commended for commercial potential and standard of craftsmanship.

1985: The Royal Society Of Arts Bursary Award – a bursary award for travel which was used to visit enamellers and jewellers in Vienna and was also awarded a prize of De Beers diamonds.

My work can be seen at Studio Fusion, OXO Tower

Commissioning undertaken: cloisonné, champlevé, enamel painting, gold, silver, copper, precious stones.


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