12 January 2012

Featured Artist: Joanne Wombwell: Designer and Metalsmith at the Designer Crafts Show 2012

Joanne Wombwell: "This body of work is inspired by my visit to see Antonio Gaudi's striking organic 
architecture and vibrant mosaics. I wanted to capture the colour, patterns, surfaces and weathering 
effects of Gaudi's individual, various mixed media, tiles and discovered vibrant opaque enamels, 
used through the technique of Champleve, with nitric acid etching, shellac, acting as a pattern resist, 
and the incorporation of stenciling." 

Sterling silver plated mosaic pattern salt and pepper bowls, with 24ct gold plated serving spoons - £245

Bottom left: Sterling silver plated salt and pepper bowls with a organic stripe 
pattern in purple and blue, with 24ct gold plated serving spoons - £275. 
Bottom right: Candle dish with organic stripe patterning - £220. 

These caddy spoons will make a perfect tea for one.
Left: Sterling silver Turquoise Caddy spoon with shellac patterning - £180 
Middle: Sterling silver caddy spoon with green and black mosaic hole pattern along the side - £170      
Right: Sterling silver caddy spoon with deep bluey green mosaic hole pattern along the handle - £185 

The vessels can be used as decorative objects or hold small jewellery items, trinkets and treasures.
Left + back: Copper sculptural vessel with green and pinky purple stencil mosaic patterning - £205
Right + front: Copper mid green sculptural vessel with shellac patterning - £240

Me and Jo

I first saw Jo's work when I was invited to support her at the New Designers 2011 Show last summer. To see some of her earlier pieces and other designers featured, check out my previous blog post.

This time my mother, Jo and I took the train up to Charing Cross to meet with Jo's mum and sister to see her new show.

The Designer Crafts Show 2012 is open Friday 6th till Sunday 15th January 2012, 10am to 5pm (closes 4pm on final day). It's held at the Mall Galleries which is on The Mall towards Admiralty Arch by Trafalgar Square.

This winter craft exhibition, presented by the Society of Designer Craftsmen, is a platform for designers in ceramics, furniture, jewellery, glass and textiles. Experienced makers are shown alongside recent graduates, such as Jo. All work is for sale and ‘The Shop within the Show’ returns, offering a range of handmade crafts.

For more information about Jo's work check out her website:

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