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Harriet St Leger

I set up my workshop in the depths of Wales after leaving college with a first class degree in the 1970’s. Over the years my work has evolved through different materials and styles, whilst always keeping my own signature. Now I have found a style of enamelling which incorporates the essence of my personal design.

I have been teaching jewellery at Bristol School of Art for a number of years and 5 years ago I attended enamelling classes as a student. This was enamelling on large scale copper and it was so liberating after all the years of working tiny. The excitement of sifting on large areas of powdered enamel and not even being able to predict the results! Sometimes disappointments, but other times wonderful unexpected results. I have always loved colour and this new medium gave me scope to use delicious rich colours in an unrestrained way. While experimenting with this I began to see ways in which I could incorporate my newfound skills in my jewellery. I have mounted the enamelled copper on to silver with 18ct gold rivets or pearls ,framing the work and giving it a precious quality.

My inspiration is primarily from nature and I simplify the shape ,capturing the essence of the natural form. Unexpectedly, whilst looking through early portfolios, I have discovered that similar shapes and forms occurred in my designs before I started to make jewellery. I have returned to these, but with the knowledge and experience of 30 years designing.

 
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