Heart of Heat review
Taking place in the beautiful atrium at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham, the exhibition of enamels staged by the British Society of Enamellers and the Guild of Enamellers in Nov/ Dec 2014 was very well received.
Titled Heart of Heat, the aim of the exhibition was to give a full display of enamelling in the UK at this time. Visitors came from all over the country and many left comments in the visitors book such as ‘fabulous work – need more’, ‘some absolutely amazing pieces’ and ‘Exquisite – each and every exhibit.’
The full range not only of enamelling techniques but also art disciplines was represented. The display was set out to show this range, with works on steel with contemporary content at one end of the gallery and copper pieces that explored the behaviour of enamels at the other.
Highly skilled enamelling on gold and silver pieces were beautifully shown in between. In spite of this vast range of techniques, styles and concepts on view, Heart of Heat was a coherent exhibition.
The fact that all the pieces were shown in cases of the same size and that the number of works from each exhibitor was limited brought everything together. Speaking with one voice, the message from Heart of Heat was ‘this is enamelling’.
If the overall impression of the exhibition was democratic, a look through the accompanying catalogue, containing one picture of a piece from each exhibitor, showed how deeply involved each enameller was in their work.
Their achievements were astonishing. How wonderful to have a catalogue that is not only a reminder of the Heart of Heat exhibition but allows the work of the exhibitors to be seen clearly and understood completely.
The entries in the Visitors Book also called for more exhibitions like Heart of Heat in the future. The plans are already in place.
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