Wednesday, 25 September 2013

A brand new...



...design, secretly commissioned by Kat's other half for her birthday and involving some of the trickiest 3D enamelling I've embarked upon to date. I mixed my own enamel colour to match robins' eggs as closely as I could. To say that this commission was an honour is a little like saying I quite like cake.




...customer - the Botanic Gardens, Cambridge. I'm completely thrilled to have taken a order from the gorgeous Botanic gardens shop, not least because this garden is one of our very favourite places to visit. In the coming weeks shall be busy making silver pods, seeds and, of course, a beehive necklace to match the ones in their beautiful mixed beds (see above. Eldest is scampering in the TR of the picture). 

I'll also be teaching a workshop at the Botanic Gardens in March (keep a watch out on this page for more details). Excitingly we shall be using historically important plant material from the gardens to make fossil-like pieces. I'm off to source some smallish acorns from the Cambridge Oak in the next week or so. I hope we'll be able to make fine silver casts of them during the session. Very exciting.



...workshop venue. I've added an extra date to my pre-Christmas schedule. I'll be holding a beginner's silver clay workshop* at a truly beautiful house in NW London on Saturday 16th November. We'll be imprinting leaves and dried flowers, casting tiny vintage keys and buttons, using lace to create texture and making 3D silver seedpods. As ever there will be cake, which as we all know is essential fuel for crafting. 

All these images are of pieces made by complete beginners at my recent workshops. It seems I have some competition. Oof.

Here ends the silvery news *shuffles papers*.





*You can read more about silver clay and about my workshops here. Drop me a line on emma at minniedog dot co dot uk if you might like to come along.

26 comments:

Sue said...

Kat is very lucky to have an other half who comes up with their own ideas! She's also very lucky to have a piece of Silverpebble jewellery.

Lola Nova said...

Oh my goodness, that is the most beautiful piece! Lucky gal that Kat.
The gardens sound wonderful too.

Penny said...

Lucky Kate, love those robin eggs and all your creations are too gorgeous xox Penny

Madelief said...

Your jewellery looks beautiful!!

Have a lovely evening!

Madelief x

trash said...

Ooo! Lovely. Would love to know secrets to pressed work as a friend has ancient Greek graphics I can see as jewellery.

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Clare said...

So beautiful, I love the robin egg blue.
Clare x
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Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I keep dropping hints my husband's way re. a commission but I'm beginning to think I may have to actually spell it out for him, in big letters, in red ink ... men can be so dense. But clearly not Kat's other half ... what a delight that nest is :)

Thimbleanna said...

Beautiful Emma! I LOVE the beehive and the little nest is just as sweet as can be. When will you be embarking upon your U.S. teaching tour???

Frances said...

Emma, your work becomes more and more beautiful! The robin's nest is exquisite!

Congratulations to you also on the connection with the Botanic Garden. Lucky and smart folks at the Botanic Garden to connect with you!

Those tiny acorns are superb!

xo

CJ said...

Such beautiful pieces. Lucky Kat having someone who buys her lovely things. You are being kept busy - but this is always good I think.

saffa said...

Wow! I LOVE that little robins nest with the enamel eggs! It's stunning, one of my favourite designs you've done so far, gorgeous :) good luck with the botanical gardens commission, it's sounds very exciting! It looks like a beautiful place to visit, love the beehive too! I wish I could go to your silver clay workshop in London so much, but fear I do not have the penny's at the mo, one day! Safxxx

Andrea said...

Kat's Robins nest is beautiful, the colour of the eggs is gorgeous, I love it.

JJ said...

What a stunning design! My sister would love this. Not only is she a bird lover but also the eggs are her favourite colour.

Jodie said...

Winning lottery ticket duly submitted.......

knitnrun4sanity said...

What an exciting bunch of news. I am really pleased for you. Your work is amazing. We MUST meet up very soon. Xx

julie said...

Oh Emma the little Robin's nest is perfect! Sounds like you are going to be busy with workshops, you are obviously a fabulous teacher, the creations of your workshoppers are lovely!

Bijuterii said...

Superb, I like the eggs color.

Mrs. Micawber said...

Lovely, lovely robin's nest and the colour of the eggs is perfect.

It seems that your (well-deserved) fame continues to spread! Next stop, Kew Gardens Gift Shop? (I presume they have a gift shop.)

Love the beehive and the students' projects too. :)

Locket Pocket said...

The robin's eggs are just the perfect colour! What a stunning piece of jewellery. Hope you and all the Pebbles are well, much love, Lucy xx

Gina said...

Such a perfect little robin's nest! I rather like the little acorn earrings too..clever students and clever teacher!

Toffeeapple said...

Your work is always so fresh and clean looking, a delight to see. Well done on the commissions.

Chants Cottage said...

Hullo Emma! Hope the squirrel impressions are keeping your spirits up. I have never grown flowers before this year, but I shoved some Higgledy Garden seeds all over my veg plot and I LOVE them. Well, mainly LOVED them as they are mostly a goner now. Will definitely be growing more next year and forever after. Anyhoo, my faves because of their utter delicate lovely frondiness and ALSO their bumper bonus wacky wondrous seed pods are....

NIGELLA!

Louise said...

Oh, I miss the Botanical Gardens so! I really must remember to go and stay with my parents in the summer, and visit it, as I only seem to go back in the depths of winter. Hey ho! What a lovely necklace you've made for them.

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