Glass on Metal – Vitreous Enamel powders fused on to Metal at high temperatures
Carol is a designer maker of contemporary enamel art works, creating decorative wall panels, high fired bowls and distinctive jewellery.
Carol has lived, studied and worked in the Black Country/Midlands all her life. Having completed a foundation art course in Stourbridge she went on to gain a BA (Hons) Degree in 3D Design (specialising in Jewellery & Silversmithing) at Birmingham, followed by a PGCE.
For most of Carol’s working life, she has taught Craft Design Technology & Art in Wolverhampton Schools. This finally came to an end in 2010, when she started her enamel business, from a Studio at home.
She is excited to have the opportunity to be involved with the Ruskin Glass Centre on a permanent basis and has now moved into Unit 4.
Carol creates textured landscapes and seascapes, often forming the metal first. Spun copper bowls are coated in thin layers of enamel then fired high at high temperatures to create wonderful colours and effects exploiting the reaction with the copper oxides. Jewellery pieces are often mini enamel panels, formed, textured & sometimes backed with embossed pewter. Commissions include Tree Tags, House Portraits, bespoke enamelled Greeting cards & a series of Panels based on the Seasons.
All work is unique and hand crafted using a range of enamel techniques, including graffito, high firing, embedding, riso screens, masks & stencils, and a variety of enamels. Working with various techniques and materials, work is mainly process driven, with an emphasis on texture, form & colour enhanced by reactions with the copper oxides.
Carol has exhibited in London, Oxford, York, Spain & Netherlands, and is a member of the British Society of Enamellers (BSOE), and the Guild of Enamellers where she has been Chairman and Bursary Secretary.
Carol also runs enamel workshops and courses around the UK, from one to ten students. All equipment, tools and materials provided. Please contact her for more details.
Carol Griffin Enamels will be MOVING ON very soon. She will be moving back to her garden studio in Stourbridge over Easter. Contact details will remain the same.
Her studio will CLOSE at the end of Wednesday 12th April.
From 14th Feb, she is having a HALF PRICE SALE in her studio at Ruskin.
All her enamel work is half price or less, with her cards all at a £1 each!
Some studio fittings and fixtures are also for sale. Please see Carol for more details.
If you are making a special journey, please do check first before visiting to make sure the studio is open.
Enamel Workshops and Courses
Unit 4: Carol Griffin Enamel Studio
5 Week Enamel Courses 2016 – £55 plus materials
Tuesday Evening – 16 February to 15 March, 6.30pm – 8.30pm (Doors open at 6.00pm)
Wednesday Morning – 17 February to 16 March, 10.30-12.30am (Doors open at 10.00am)
Tuesday Evening – 19 April to 17 May, 6.30-8.30pm (Doors open at 6.00pm)
Wednesday Morning – 20 April to 18 May, 10.30-12.30am (Doors open at 10.00am)
£55 plus materials
Max 6 students. Please contact Carol Griffin for booking form & availability. Suitable for those with some experience having done a taster or previous workshop.
Drop in Sessions also available for previous 5 week students, see Carol’s website for more details & dates.
TASTER SESSIONS –
Lasting around an hour are available most days. Create a wonderful piece of enamel to take away with you. You will learn how to prepare a copper blank, sift enamel powder, fire in a small kiln, create a simple decorative design and finish the edges. Base metal findings/attachments are also included if appropriate. Cost £15
Must be booked and payment required on the the day. Max 4 students
FULL OR HALF DAY ENAMEL WORKSHOPS –
Enamel workshops are also available for up to 5 students, prices start from £30 per half day or £60 for a full day. ( Based on 5 Students) Please contact Carol for more details.
GIFT VOUCHERS available. (For workshops & art work)
For other dates & times and more details of all workshops/courses please contact Carol