Thursday 2 June 2011

A local treasure

A stunningly beautiful enamel-on-silver vessel by Brighton-based enameller Jane Short, MA RCA, with a design locally inspired by pebbles, the sea, night skies, swans at Cuckmere Haven and the release of dolphins from Brighton Aquarium. The vessel is in the collection of Hove Museum and is currently on display in the Contemporary Craft gallery. Jane Short is acclaimed as one of Britain's finest artists/craftpersons.

It is sobering to know that the earliest examples of enamelling date back to the 13th.C BCE and even the subtle techniques used today can be traced back about two thousand years.

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