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Based in her workshop in Leicester, Christine is a contemporary Jewellery Designer, working in Enamelled Copper and Sterling Silver. She uses subtle textures, simple shapes and bold colours to create individual pieces of wearable art.
Starting with sheet copper or silver Christine uses a rolling mill to press vintage lace or ribbon into the metal to add texture. She then cuts the individual shapes before drilling, filing, soldering and assembling her jewellery, all by hand. Additional textures are added using steel punches.
Different coloured vitreous enamels are added, one layer at a time. The pieces are fired in a kiln between each layer to around 800* C. One item of jewellery may have 5-6 layers of colour.
Christine combines the enamel colours as a painter applies paint, in an individual and creative way.
Originally trained as a Silversmith and Jeweller, BA (Hons) in Leicester, Christine worked as a Jewellery Designer for a firm producing 9ct gold in Worcester. Recent years found her teaching Resistant Materials in a secondary school and setting up her own workshop back in Leicester. She also makes bespoke jewellery for individual commissions.