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.”
Climate Change, Patsy, I am attending the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York during the next few days where I will be making several presentations. I am delighted to contribute to this summit to help propel actions to help solve climate change – the...
Patsy, I have been watching the images of fires burning in the Amazon with horror. Not only are trees that are hundreds of years old burning, and the animals that live in them, but the forest homes of the Indigenous people are burning, too. Losing parts of the...
The Art of Champleve by Phil Barnes is a wonderful book. Well written, simple, clearly explaining the art that he and his father mastered. Master Phil Barnes One to have in your enameling library! By Phil Barnes Check out The Mighty Trees at Sunrise View other artist ...
Mer Almagro shares two Videos of the Enameling Technique of Grisalla with Opal Enamels. Enjoy a clip from Mer Almagro’s video The Enameling Technique of Grisalla Opal, where Mer gives you a unique tutorial. I have seen Grisaille used with white opaque enamels over...
Foil Comparison for Enameling Take a look at my notes on available foil comparison for enameling 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...
Master John Killmaster has shared his painting enamel technique with us. Here he uses liquid enamels.
The Matilija Poppy and The Mendocino Poppy Project
Check out our 2-year journey at https://alohilanidesigns.com/matilija-poppy/