Thursday, March 13, 2014

not quite like old times...


It was a bit like back in the days when Bill and I shared studio space, to have him in the workroom at Acorn Cottage earlier this week. We were able to consult about some new collaborative projects we are submitting bids for, and 'tis always a treat to have company whilst working...

After A&S, staying in Portland made more sense than his zooming back to OlyWa and then back here again for his lecture presentation at CMAG on Tuesday night, on Iron Age Ribbon Torcs. I knew he had been to Ireland, to the National Museum in Dublin; his presentation on the details of the research he did there, on ancient technology and metalwork, was both clear and fascinating

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This doesn't look much like a long day's work, but there are at least four firings needed for each of these enamel samples... these are the various Japanese and French transparent "red" enamels, which would undoubtedly look far more red were they fired on high karat gold instead of fine silver.
My next sampling project will be a somewhat larger grid than these tiny pieces, to try out layering various combinations... each individual single color sample here has one side with clear flux, one side without, a layer of the chosen enamel, and then a second layer of the same enamel across the top of the tiny piece...hence the four different shades on each one, a larger grid with all the colors will allow for potential variants and maybe just maybe something that looks a bit more like a garnet red...

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