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COUP de COEUR : Carola BAUER – enamel & color

Classé dans : Carola BAUER (DE),COUP DE COEUR,email / enamel,www Charon Kransen Arts — bijoucontemporain @ 0:04

Carola Bauer :
« While studying on the Rietveld Academy, I was occupied with redefining the term “jewelry”. I tried to get to the roots of what makes something a “jewel” as such. Through this process, my jewels became more of an object. In fact, they were statements about terms such as: preciousness, wearability, and decoration.
Nowadays, the quest for the meaning of “jewelry” still occupies me, though I embrace consciously the basic forms of jewelry.
The organic, tree-like forms in my work and the connection between the elements, express my fascination for the basic, and sometimes so banal facts, that everything is in continuous movement, continuous change. What seems defined continues in something else and lives on and on. «  (Carola Bauer, Amsterdam September 6 2004)(Charon Kransen Arts)

Training / Education:
Israel, Technical School, Jewelry Dept. 1988-1989
Holland, Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, Jewelry Dept.


Carola Bauer  makes use of traditional materials and techniques, such as enamelling. Her neckpieces are constructed with an architectural approach. The forms are simple but intricate at the same time and pay attention to detail. It is clear that wearability is of the utmost importance to the artist, as even the larger pieces seem to maintain a close relationship to the body.

Carola Bauer was born in Germany in 1953. She undertook sinological and theatre studies at the University of Munich and later followed a three year apprenticeship course at the school of crafts in Basel. She also obtained a craft certificate in Pforzheim. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions on an international level, including SOFA New York, Chicago and Palm Beach and in private galleries in Japan, USA, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Scotland.  (Alternatives Gallery)
Carola Bauer  Silver, enamel, gold- 2009



EXPO ‘Surface and Substance’ – Electrum Gallery, London (UK) – 7 Oct.-5 Nov. 2011

 Surface and Substance

International contemporary enamel jewellery  – Curated by Jessica Turrell

Part I: 7th October to 5th November 2011 at Electrum

Over the last few years there has been a significant revival of interest in enamel with a number of contemporary jewellers developing new ways of working with enamel that enable them to create exciting and innovative work.

This exhibition showcases the work of thirty jewellers of international standing who, through a varied set of practices, take enamel well beyond its traditional boundaries.

The title, Surface and Substance, has been chosen to emphasize that while this is clearly an exhibition that focuses on the use of vitreous enamel – the surface – of equal importance is the ‘substance’ that underpins the work on display; the thinking and the research, which along with the obvious material knowledge and skill, is evident in the striking and individual pieces on show.

Artists on show at Electrum:
Ralph BakkerCarola BauerPatrizia BonatiStephen BottomleyKathleen BrowneLydia FeastKarin JohanssonJutta KlingebielAnn LittleNazan PakJacqueline RyanMarjorie SimonSilke TrekelJessica Turrell
Carola Bauer necklace – Silver, enamel, gold- 2009

Carola Bauer necklace – Silver, enamel
Patrizia BONATI - earring/brooch – 2003 – gold, white enamel
Patrizia BONATI - Brooch – Gold 18 Kt, white enamel
Stephen Bottomley – neckpiece ‘Yellow Drape’, Drape series 2007 – Steel, enamel 480 x 384 mm – photo. John K McGregor

Leila Arzaghi
Lydia Feast- ‘Chaos’ series – Vitreous enamel and white metal brooch
Marjorie Simon  (Gallery Loupe)
Nazan Pak - Foam brooches
Silke Trekel -  ‘Branching Out’  Brooch,  2010 -  chased iron, enamelled  (from ‘Spatial Structures’ exhibition)

Jacqueline Ryan 18kt gold and vitreous enamel brooch
Kathleen Browne- Double Trouble, brooch, 2002 -  fine and Sterling silver, vitreous enamel, plexiglas
Jessica Turrell – Brooch (THE ENAMEL SHOW -Velvet da Vinci Gallery)



Part II: 14th October to 12th November at Contemporary Applied Arts
Artists on show at CAA, 14 October – 12 November 2011:
Jamie Bennett, Stacey Bentley, Jessica Calderwood, Adrean Bloomard, Helen Carnac, Bettina Dittlmann, Susie Ganch, Christine Graf, Carolina Gimeno, Ike Junger, Kaori Juzu, Esther Knoble, Liana Pattihis, Isabell Schaupp, Vera Siemund, Elizabeth Turrell, Jessica Turrell, Annamaria Zanella



Electrum Gallery
21 South Molton Street
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7629




 Lydia FEAST
 Working directly from her own photographic explorations and intuitive visual compositions, Lydia has explored the concept of contrasting elements. Working with materials including silver and enamel, Lydia has focused on experiments with surface pattern. She has produced a collection of wearable and non-wearable pieces, challenging in their composition, that stimulate an emotional interaction with the viewer and wearer. Echoing references to time and nature whilst combining a modern clean aesthetic, this collection brings together contrasting elements illustrating a harmony between chaos and calm, new and old and silence and noise, inspired by her research into chaos theory:
the underlying order in some of nature’s most random processes
The techniques used in the collection are potential chaotic but the results are inherently calm. Each piece is unique as a result of the carefully controlled but ultimately random outcome capturing chaos and calm and moments in between.
« I see these pieces as small scale installations presented in a gallery context with some pieces possessing the capacity to be worn« 

September 2006 to June 2009:
First Class Honours Degree, BA Jewellery and Silversmithing School Of Jewellery, Birmingham City University. England   (from BIAD)

Lydia Feast - brooch
Lydia Feast Chaos and Calm’ brooch in white metal, enamel and steel

Leila Arzaghi
Lydia Feast- ‘Chaos’ series – Vitreous enamel and white metal brooch

Lydia Feast- ‘Moments In Between’ Enamel Brooch white metal enamel with stencil detail (front & back)

Lydia Feast- ‘State of Utter Confusion’ brooch – « Chaos & Calm » serie - oxidised white metal (front & back)
Lydia Feast-  brooch
Lydia Feast-  brooch (new work)

Lydia Feast-  brooch (new work)

Lydia Feast-  brooch (new work)


EXPO ‘Jewellery with enamel 2011′ – Museum Ravenstein, (NL) – 5 juin-9 Oct. 2011

Troisième exposition internationale de bijoux en émail

Ouverture le dimanche 5 Juin de l’exposition de bijoux en émail. C’est la troisième fois que le musée organise une telle exposition. L’exposition comprend des bijoux provenant du monde entier, oeuvres soumises par des artistes dont le travail se trouve dans les grands musées.

Elgin Fischer
Elgin Fischer 2011

Ces bijoux en émail viennent d’Allemagne, de France, Grande-Bretagne, Mexique, Russie, Espagne, Etats-Unis, Venezuela, Suisse et Pays-Bas

Liste des participants :

Marie-Helene Amilien Babs Bannenberg Genevieve Beaurain George Beketov Victoria van den Bergh Maria Berreklouw Mercedes Carvallo Rosa Cassany Dorothy Cockrell Inge van Damme Riet Delescen Isabel Feliu Ferrer Txus Fibla Elgin Fischer Gabor Forgo Leni Fuhrman Hans Gal Ton Gerritsen Ellen Goldman Tine Hardeman Pierre van Hemert Yolanda Ivet Sanchez Higareda Tessa Holland Judith Junger Sylke Alma Klopsch Daniel Kruger Eva Laemmle Leen Loffeld Vladimir Malkin Tini Muller Janet Notman Liana Pattihis Cristina Riambau Nuria Lopez Ribalta Renate Riedel Elena Sacharova Inge Sandeck Isabell Schaupp Daniela Schwaag Elly Stembert Anna Taverne Silke Trekel Lydia Truin Paulina Verzijden Alkesey Veselkin Katinka Waelbers
Silke Trekel - brooch « cactus » chased iron, silver and enamel
Liana Pattihis - brooch
Isabell Schaupp - wire & enamel brooch
Daniela (Danni) Schwaag - necklace – 2010 – enamel on copper, lapis-lazuli




Museum Ravenstein
Musée du verre et l’émail d’art
22 rue du Marché
5371 AD Ravenstein
Tél 0486-411155



Classé dans : Aran GALLIGAN (US),COUP DE COEUR,email / enamel,USA — bijoucontemporain @ 0:07

Aran Galligan « I have been exploring the line between disgust and intrigue through my artwork. Why are some things disturbing and fascinating at the same time? This work is the merging of a beautiful object and an uncomfortable thought.
I am often inspired be the natural world around me. Moving to Seattle has given me a greater appreciation of the subtleties of grey, as well as a new interest in the color red as a means of standing out against the background. »

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Flora series : « The line between disgust and intrigue has fascinated me for years. Pollen, mold, fungus, seedpods, and other patterns found in nature serve as my source materials for this body of work. Using these forms as a starting point, I create wearable jewelry that conveys an idea of unconventional beauty.
From 2006-2008 I lived in the mountains of North Carolina surrounded by moss, mold, and mushrooms. Moving to Seattle in 2008 had an immediate impact on my color palate. I now have a greater appreciation for the subtleties of grey, as well as a new interest in red as a means of standing out against the background.« 


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Aran Galligan - earrings  Sterling Silver, Copper, Enamel, 2008

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Aran Galligan - ring from « Flora » series
Aran Galligan - organic shapes, oxidized silver, and either overfired white or white with green

Aran Galligan  - Flora series – bowl brooch

Aran Galligan  - Flora series – earrings

Aran Galligan Stick pin – Sterling Silver, Copper, Enamel, 2008

Aran Galligan Stick pin ….  back

Aran Galligan double ring – Sterling Silver, Copper, Enamel, 2008

Aran Galligan brooch – Sterling Silver, Copper, Enamel 2010
Aran Galligan- Sterling Silver, Copper, Enamel, Freshwater Pearls 2010


COUP de COEUR : Bettina DITTLMANN – coloured structures with enamelled lines

« Bettina Dittlmann (Born in Passau (DE) in 1964) is inspired by historical jewellery, ranging from mourning Victorian jewellery to American Indian pieces. Dittlmann studies the historic forms and content, which later influence her own work. Drawing is an important part of Bettina Dittlmann’s life, often a starting point for a piece of jewellery. » (« Fused » exhibition at Flow Gallery, show curated by Melissa Rigby, the Chairman of the British Society of Enamellers – 2011)

« ‘Sometimes the setting is full without a stone. Sometimes I free the ironwire from the enamel to set the stone. Sometimes I set the stone into the enameled bezel. Sometimes I fill the bezels with enamel, so the enamel becomes the ‘stone’. Garnet resists the heat in the kiln . The enamel strengthens the prongs. The enamel sticks to the garnets and covers them. It hides the cut gem.Enamel chips sparkle like cut stones. Pyrit rocks sparkle like diamonds. I try to work with the enamel, try to understand its laws and try to break them, but the enamel always wins!(Bettina Dittlmann – Published in Metalsmith, Exhibition In Print 2003, volume 23 number 4″)

COUP de COEUR  : Bettina DITTLMANN - coloured structures with enamelled lines dans Allemagne (DE) drahtringchen-eisen-granat
Bettina Dittlmann – rings with garnets


« Pristine precision and elegant design characterise the work of Bettina Dittlmann, a jeweller who employs enamel in much of her work. Her international reputation has taken the medium of enamelling into contemporary jewellery practice, with its emphasis on innovation in both technique and design. Bettina’s pieces, constructions of soldered binding wire and enamel, often incorporate precious and non-precious stones: the essence of her work is the combination of delicacy and strength.
Although they are completed with the appropriate findings, Bettina Dittlmann does not intend all of her brooches to be worn, but she is delighted when they are. Her large complicated binding wire structures are comprised of thousands of soldered joints. Instead of material value, Bettina is making something precious by using time.
Jewellery enamels fire successfully on to the steel wire at around 760º, and Bettina builds the joints of her constructions with IT solder, which is workable at this temperature. The firings varying according to the enamel used. Bettina judges the correct time and temperature by instinct. Because the thin wires transport heat immediately, the firings are 30–40 seconds long. She is currently experimenting with liquid enamel.
To get the enamel to adhere to the wire, Bettina finds that spit works best as an adhesive, behaving as an incredibly good glue and firing out without stains or bubbles. She mixes the spit with water and squeegee oil, paints the mixture on to the wire, and then applies the enamel by sifting. The first few firings take the enamel to a gloss finish, making a hard surface which ensures a good bond to the wire, but the last layers are underfired to achieve the granular effect. Complicated structures can require 60–70 firings: the inner wires are enamelled first and often the whole work is turned during firing. The way the pieces are constructed determines the colours, with the precious and non-precious stones pin-pointing the nodes in the design. Bettina Dittlman has always wanted to make complex pieces – shapes that take a long time time to describe, but she is also interested in the simple. Historical jewellery is a source of inspiration, ranging from mourning jewellery and Renaissance jewellery to Victorian jewellery and American Indian pieces. She studies the historic forms and content, which later influence her own work. Drawing is an important part of Bettina Dittlmann’s life. She draws what she thinks about, and often this is a starting point for a piece of jewellery. During the process of making, the drawing continues. For her abstract pieces, Bettina begins by adding circles to each other, working spontaneously with no final concept in mind. The accompanying drawings might be concerned with the construction of the developing piece or with ‘what the piece is about’, and the two influence each other back and forth as she continues assembling. She adds that if she really knew what her work was about, she probably wouldn’t make it any more. Bettina’s training included studying the techniques of silversmithing at a technical school in Germany and subsequently working two years with a jeweller. This was followed by two years at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where she had to begin to develop her own path and to ‘find out how and why to go on, and what was valid’. Interestingly, she realised that she had retained the influence of her high school art teacher, with whom she studied art history and art and learned about the quality of line. There followed eighteen months at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Here drawing became particularly important to Bettina because, in the beginning, she couldn’t speak much English. It was at New Paltz that Bettina learned to enamel, taught by Jamie Bennett, who said that enamel could translate the colour in her drawings to her work. Jamie Bennett was challenging enamel and this is what inspired her. She had been making pieces with binding wire at the time, investigating spike, pod and flower forms, and this was the start of finding her unique way of working. In addition to making her wire and enamelled sculptural jewellery, Bettina produces a range of rings with her partner Michael Jank. He has his own career as a printmaker, but together they are working on forged rings called ‘Foreverrings’, each making their own pieces but selling them together. Neither soldering nor polishing are part of the process, which involves melting the metal, punching a hole, and hammering out a thick, powerful ring shape. The technique is fast and spontaneous, in fact completely opposite to Bettina’s practice in enamel. Shefeels that it is important for her body and mind to do hard physical work after the hours spent with delicate, precise and intense soldering, stone setting and enamelling .« (British Society of Enamellers – summer 2006)
Bettina Dittlmann  ‘rinchen’



Bettina Dittlmann
Bettina Dittlmann pendants
Bettina Dittlmann- brooch – Iron and enamel – 2007-2008 (to SHOP on V&A website)
Bettina Dittlmann- brooch ‘Orange-Rot’, 2003 -Eisen, Emaile
Bettina DittlmannBrooch, Iron, garnet – 2007
Bettina Dittlmann (& partner Michael Jank)  - ‘foreverring’
Bettina Dittlmann« Big red » Brooch

BettinaDittlmann dans Bettina DITTLMANN (DE)
Bettina Dittlmann - Red brooch, 2005, red ironwire enamel
Bettina Dittlmann -broche « oursin » (photos galerie Helène Porée)

OUI, Bettina Dittlmann - on AIME votre travail ! il me fascine !



ENAMEL – innovation in vitreous enamel – by Jessica Turrell- symposium-presentation


COUP de COEUR : Satomi KAWAI « Mono object maker »

Classé dans : COUP DE COEUR,email / enamel,Japon (JP),Satomi KAWAI (JP) — bijoucontemporain @ 0:04

Satomi Kawai , « Mono object maker » (j’adore cette formule !)
MFA in Jewelry and Metal Arts, University of Iowa, IA, USA

« My artwork is the expression of my personal femininity.  My grandmother was the source of my feminine awareness, and she influenced my aesthetics.  She taught me handcrafts, such as sewing and felting, which have now become my personal methodology.  Since I came to the United States twelve years ago, I have been on a journey to discover who I am, as an individual and as a woman.
My attitude and perspective about my femininity are derived from Japanese culture, but at the same time, is influenced by American culture. In my new life, I feel a strong connection with nature, which plays an essential role in my process of creating wearable objects. This is why I employ natural materials such as wool, cotton, silk and wood.  I still sense that there are lively cell activities within my body . »

Satomi Kawai
Symbiosis Ring II – Copper; oxidized and pigment applied, silk thread, sterling silver – 2010

satomi_Connection-and-Division-Necklace-I dans email / enamel
Satomi KawaiConnection and Division Necklace I – 2010

satomi_Connection-and-Division-NecklaceII_worn dans Japon (JP)
Satomi KawaiConnection and Division Necklace II – 2010

 dans Satomi KAWAI (JP)
Satomi KawaiConnection & Division Brooch II – Copper; oxidized and pigment applied, cotton Organza, cotton thread

Satomi KawaiDots like frill – copper and fabric




Classé dans : COUP DE COEUR,email / enamel,Rana MIKDASHI (Liban) — bijoucontemporain @ 0:07

Rana Mikdashi

« Born in Beirut, Lebanon, 1973 After Completing her M.Sc. in mathematics in 1997 at the University of Ottawa, Canada, Rana formally look up her interest in jewelry making. She Commenced her training in Ottawa and developed it through an apprenticeship at a silversmith’s workshop in Khan El-Khalili in Cairo, Egypt in 2000. She then pursued her education bu joining the Alchimia School for contemporary Jewelry and Design in Florence, Italy, where she completed the 2nd year programme in 2003. Shortly after, Rana moved to Barcelona, Spain, where she trained and worked for two and half years.
Has held solo exhibitions and paticipated in group exhibitions, in Egypt, Lebanon, Italy and Spain. Currently works from her ownstudio in Beirut, Lebanon.  » (Ariane Hartmann galerie)
Rana Mikdashi – Branch Necklace – Black coral and sterling silver ……
ABSOLUT LOVE for this necklace !!!

Toufic Araman (
Rana Mikdashi -Precious Necklace – Ag 925, Fired Enamel (photo Toufic Araman)

Rana MIKDASHI - necklace - fired enamel, sterling silver
Rana Mikdashi- necklace – fired enamel, sterling silver (photo Toufic Araman)

COUP de COEUR : Rana MIKDASHI dans COUP DE COEUR a3b992b76ac7af013d74cfb62d39582d
Rana Mikdashi -« whispers » Earrings. Sterling Silver, Fired Enamel

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Rana Mikdashi -« Floating » Earrings. Sterling Silver, Fired Enamel
Rana Mikdashi -« Clearing » Earrings. Sterling Silver, Fired Enamel

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Rana Mikdashi -« Mashrabeya »  Earrings – Sterling Silver, plated


COUP de ‘BLUES’ avec Emily GILL, fascinated with biology

Classé dans : Canada (CA),COUP DE COEUR,email / enamel,Emily GILL (CA),Jewel Envy (CA) — bijoucontemporain @ 0:08

Emily Gill
« Jewellery is supposed to be fun. Fun to make, fun to wear. And DIFFERENT. I like to play when I design my jewellery »

« For years I worked with plants – in greenhouses, flower shops and nurseries. This fascination with biology first inspired me to imagine my own organisms as jewellery objects. Microscopic cells, cross-section of plants, and richly illustrated collections of botanical and marine specimens give me a visual base from which I create playful, tactile pieces.
I am continually guided by a child-like curiosity, searching for special characteristics of a plant which I might recreate as wearable jewellery. By observing the minuscule and delicate workings of plants and marine life, I find inspiration to recreate those shapes, forms and textures in metal. I enjoy playing with scale; zooming in on small details and building them large enough to change from tiny specimens to their own entities with unique personalities. The addition of colour through enamel brings jewellery further to life. I find this process intriguing, as it can be controlled or unpredictable, vibrant or subtle in appearance. I look for interesting methods of cold connecting these enameled bodies together in ways that, like in living creatures, can serve both a structural and aesthetic purpose.

She works with a group of  jewellers at a cooperative studio in Toronto :
« An important part of my design process is to utilize the structural elements of jewellery (how something is constructed, built, assembled) with its aesthetic qualities. »

Arthropod Brooch/Pendant
« Arthropod » &  ‘Mitosis » Broochs/Pendants 

 In this piecees I have connected the enamelled components to the copper ones entirely with tabs and tension. I play with form and volume, what is concave and convex, hidden and showing. The back of the piece is equally as important as the front, as it too reveals something special

Arthropod Brooch/Pendant
Arthropod Brooch/Pendant

Endemic Species Pendant
Endemic Species Pendant

Vegetative Propagation (Brooch)
Vegetative Propagation (Brooch)  – ooops ! it’s not blue ? but I love it !

Aristotle's Lantern Pendant/Brooch
Aristotle’s Lantern Pendant/Brooch

« I was completely inspired by the botanical/marine illustrations in my hardcover edition of « A Cabinet of Natural Curiosities ». Aristotle’s lantern is the actual descriptive name of the mouth of a sea urchin. I interpreted the forms into this large pendant. »

You can SHOP all this on Etsy ! :-)


Upcoming Exhibition: YIELD 
Harbourfront Centre, York Quay Centre, South-facing vitrines

Saturday, April 16, 2011 – Sunday June 12, 2011    
Opening Reception Friday, April 15 6-10pm (coinciding with 7 other opening exhibitions at York Quay Centre)


YIELD: 8 Canadian Jewellers
Featuring work by  Catherine Allen, Colleen Baran, Paul McClure, Emily Gill, Anneke von Bommel, Bridget Catchpole, Silvie Altschuler, and Shannon Kennedy
York Quay Centre at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto



COUP de ‘BLUES’ avec Heng LEE

Classé dans : COUP DE COEUR,email / enamel,Heng LEE (Taiwan),Taiwan (RC) — bijoucontemporain @ 0:11

Heng LEE  « I am a graduate student in Taiwan, who making Jewelry with traditional Chinese pattern and culture. »

Ces émaux bleus sont intemporels, universels, entre Delft, l’Asie, les Azulejos ….. et leur charme marche à tous les coups ! :-)

COUP de 'BLUES' avec Heng LEE dans COUP DE COEUR
Heng LEEbrooch

 dans email / enamel
Heng LEEbrooch (detail)

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Heng LEEbrooch (back)

 dans Taiwan (RC)
Heng LEEblue & white rings

Heng LEEblue & white rings 

Heng LEEblue & white rings 



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