My Story

Linda Connelly is an enamel artist who is inspired by stories, memories and dreams. She began enamelling over thirty years ago when her then new husband bought home an old enamelling kiln for her to try from a junk shop. She had always experimented with a range of different media and art forms and there was something about the combination of glass and colour that seduced her and enamelling has now become a major part of her life.  She loves to create unique and colourful pieces of enamel art, bringing memories to life in jewellery, bowls and small panels.

Enameling is the ancient art of fusing glass to metal. The colour and pattern are built up in fine layers and each layer is fired in a kiln at around 800-1000 ° C. Blending and shading different Enamels to build up veils of colour in order to convey mood and feeling never fails to provoke a sense of excitement and anticipation, as no two pieces are ever completely identical.  Each piece evolves over a succession of firings, typical anything from six to a dozen or more although each one only lasts a minute or two

Linda uses a variety of methods ranging from traditional techniques to more experimental ones that she has developed using sgraffito, hand-made decals and combining other mixed media techniques. She particularly enjoys working on silver though and combines the traditional skills of hand engraving, cloisonné and champlevé to create colourful, richly detailed pieces which are beautifully made and finely finished. Her specialty is cloisonné, and she was delighted to be awarded a Silver Award in the 2020 Goldsmith’s Craftsmanship and Design Awards for her cloisonné enamel necklace called ‘Magic Carpets Flying over the City of my Dreams‘.

Linda enjoys teaching and runs regular classes for Jewellery and Enamelling in her local area.

Inspiration comes from the vibrant colours, rich textures and architecture that she saw in India and also on recent trips to Venice and Sicily, as well as a love and fascination with pebbles, rocks and fossils found on beaches during family holidays in Dorset, Norfolk and Cornwall.

Linda welcomes commissions and will be delighted to discuss with you the designing and making of a special piece, maybe one that tells a story that is important to you.

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