Welcome to my blog Enameling Hotline of Cloisonne Jewelry Techniques and others such as Plique a Jour and Champleve Enameling Jewelry Techniques. My site is a donation of everyone’s time to share and further the education of the fine art of enameling techniques. I am very happy to answer questions to help you, but please ask here and not emailing me directly. It saves me time and allows others to share also. Thanks!!
Here I share my life’s passion and inspiration with anyone who wishes to read. I am a self taught enamelist and goldsmith. I did not live here in the US where there was a knowledge base and to my advantage, my knowledge came from trial and error and today I continue to build on trial and error.
Matilija Poppy Brooch Auction at Sotheby’s
What a wonderful conclusion to our journey! Tom Herman and I, as well as the Mendocino Art Center, are thrilled with the Auction at Sotheby’s Magnificant Jewels 2019, in NY. Carol Elkins and her staff were fantastic, and I believe we excelled because of their wonderful establishment!
If you have been following The Matilija Poppy Brooch you can understand how amazing these results are for all of the artists involved in this project.
You can read about our journey here https://alohilanidesigns.com/matilija-poppy-brooch/
In our journey of studying the masters of the past, after we fell in love with the Ada brooch, we realized that magnificent jewels in their time were not created by one person.
With our passion for this jewel strong at heart, we were invited to teach at the Mendocino Art Center. Tom had an idea that if we taught jointly, him chasing and saw piercing, and I teach plique a jour enameling, we could stay on afterward and have open studio time for students while we worked together on a jewel.
This jewel was the Matilija Poppy Brooch!
After spending 2017 in Tom’s studio and 2018 in my studio, Tom and I created this beautiful jewel of 18k gold and fine enamels. Approx. 3” x 5” Auctioned at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels 2019 for $47,500.00 All proceeds from the auction are a donation to the Mendocino Art Center from the artist.
See the Jewelry Collection
“Custom Cloisonne Jewelry and Custom Enamel Jewelry are a delight to me. Contact me if I can create a jewel of your very own inspired personal adornment! All of my creations are One of a Kind Jewelry, whether in Cloisonne Necklaces, Cloisonne Earrings or Enamel Jewels such as Plique a Jour, I am thrilled to design for you.”
Phil Barnes like his father was the Master of Champleve. And his recent book Engraving and Enamelling, The Art Of Champleve is a perfect reference book! Well written, simple and clearly he writes to share with us his family treasures. The tutorials are companioned...
Enjoy 2 clips from Mer Almagro’s Video of the enameling technique of Grisalla Opal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ4oYSv9krc Enjoy a clip from Mer Almagro’s Video of the enameling technique of Grisalla Opal. Here Mer gives you a beautiful Grisaille Enamel tutorial....
Foil Comparison for Enameling Take a look at my notes on the available foil options for those of you that love to enamel. Thompson's foil gives you the best dollar value. I have tried many over the years and some not show here have been so thin they were impossible to...
Master John Killmaster has shared his painting enamel technique with us. Here he uses liquid enamels.
In building a good foundation get to know vitreous enamel flux. Here I have created to share my enamel flux test plates. Like any painting technique there are various primers for various jobs. In art of enameling we have quite a few fluxes but...
Vitreous Enamel Flux Comparison with what is on the market today. Enamels are reactive to metal, not all but 90% I would say. So flux coats on metal before enameling is usually necessary, and there are several hardness of these fluxes. First, view my test plate. Here...
The Matilija Poppy and The Mendocino Poppy Project
Check out our 2-year journey at https://alohilanidesigns.com/matilija-poppy/
Kilns for Jewelry, Enameling, PMC, Glass and Ceramics
My KILNS for enameling and other artist needs. Jewelers, potters,glass work, and PMC Kilns. They are hot, fast, portable and most affordable. Kilns with 5 Star reviews!
Here is a quick view of our 55F-IP model. This is the 5 x 5 interior with an Analog controller. I have just launched my dedicated website for these kilns. Check them out here – KILNS