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Ruth Ball


Captivated by the alchemy of colour and versatility of enamel, Ruth creates a wide variety of work. Ranging from fine jewels and objects, to unique artworks, her pieces carry an individual style that highlights the potential of enamel as a medium for contemporary design & applied art.

Her diverse work is inspired by many sources and themes vary from season to season. Environments, colour and markmaking are comon threads. Pieces are made as "one-offs" or in small batches as limited editions and  are available in selected gallery outlets and various national / international exhibitions.

Ruth graduated in 1987 with a BA Hons Degree in Jewellery Design from Middlesex University. As a student she was awarded the RSA Bursary Award in 1985 and the Platinum Award in 1987. Most recently, in 2009, she was awarded a Bursary for the study of large scale enamelling by the British Society of Enamellers.

As a self-employed designer maker, Ruth has a wide range of ability and experience. She is skilled in all aspects of enamel techniques, including miniature painted enamels, champleve & cloisonné work and experimental contemporary methods. 

In 2006 she was commissioned by the publishers A&C Black to share her knowledge of enamel in the form of a how to guide on Enamelling for the Jewellery Handbook Series. Until late autumn 2010, an educational exhibit of enamels designed by Ruth features as a prominent display in the Craft & Design Showcase at The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.


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