Essex Crystals 2020 – a smorgasbord of weirdness

2020 was a year to experiment, to try things out and learn more about engraving on glass, miniature portrait painting in enamels and how I can bring them together with casting glass and gilding into my Essex Crystal Project. I thought it would be fun to see some sketches, samples and nearly finished pieces that …

Keeping it unreal

When I started out with my Essex Crystal Project, a few people, whose opinion I really value, said that I should concentrate on making the figures more convincingly naive. Even though I value what these people think, I found myself absolutely not wanting to make my figures more naive, and it's taken me a while …

Lost in translation

Reverse intaglio crystals painted with enamel

I've been working on translating the engraving and painting skills I've learned recently into my Essex Crystal Project. It's been quite a journey, and at every stage has made me more appreciative of the skills of the artists who work in these techniques. Thanks to my Developing Your Creative Practice Award, earlier this year I …