About Annette

A day out with my sea kayak is always a wonderful experience and a source of inspiration, exploring the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline and its secret caves, spectacular rock formations and magical islands.

The depth and colour of the sea, the often dramatic sky, is constantly changing.

In the company of inquisitive seals and an abundance of sea birds I become part of their world.

On dry land there are walks in the hills and cosy evenings with my cat and dog by the fire.

About my Enamel Work

In my studio it all becomes very technical. The workbench is scattered with tubes containing finely ground glass powder which, once fired on copper sheet, will transform to a delicate translucent or a dramatic and bold surface of glass. For Cloisonne work the arrangements of sterling silver wire outlines the design. Fine gold and silver leaf may add sparkle to a seascape or life to a fire.

Enamel is finely ground glass powder fired onto a metal base at around 800° Celsius. The enamel fuses to the metal base and when cooled reveals a smooth surface of glass.

After up to six firings, etching and polishing, the piece reveals its final magic.

For my Cloisonne work I use mostly transparent enamels fired over a white base-coat.


Kittiwake Enamels
Annette Gardener

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