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Addicted to enamelling E

nglish Bridge Workshops in Shrewsbury is a hive of art and crafts activity. Among those who work there is Jill Leventon – a largely self-taught designer-maker who works with metals, enamels and, most recently, silver clay. Trained as a teacher and now with more than 25 years experience of making everything from enamelled copper bowls to metal ammonite type ornaments, Jill turned full-time in 2011. She is a member of the Guild of Enamellers, which holds regular regional meetings at English Bridge Workshops. Jill also runs a number of workshops for members of the public, covering everything from enamelling for beginners to metal forming. Working with metals is one of Jill's passions. Although she has worked with silver, Jill prefers copper and, in a her typically unpretentious manner, says: "I just get out the metal and play with it." The results are unusual shapes and intricate patterns in copper, which are then enamelled and fired. Jill's bowls in various sizes have attractive enamelled patterns and are always popular with customers.

A few years ago, Jill purchased a small vice-mounted mangle with interlocked corrugated rollers, which she managed to find space for in her already crowded workshop. This tool led her to produce many different designs in corrugated copper – including pendants and earrings. Again, they are enamelled in a range of patterns and colours. Jill says: "I gain inspiration from the landscape and organic forms." Being based in Shrewsbury, the birthplace of Charles Darwin, it's no surprise that Jill has been inspired by the ammonite fossils form. Darwin is closely associated with fossils and ammonites are particularly distinctive. To celebrate the bicentenary of Darwin's birth a few years ago, Jill formed ammonite shapes (corrugated spirals) in copper and

If you're not able to get to Shrewsbury for one of Jill's courses or workshops, look for them taking place in other parts of the country on the Guild of Enamellers website 36

Creative Crafting April 2012  
Creative Crafting April 2012  

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