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When I first learned engraving I fell in love with the technique. I primarily took it up as a way of decorating my silver jewellery items but it had also opened up a world of opportunity for me as a 2D artist.
I began experimenting in a very basic way with printing using some kindly donated ink and paper from a friend who is a printer, and using a large clamp from my metal workshop, I pressed my very first few hand engraved copperplate prints in this way, I was hooked and soon expanded to owning a small printing press and I have not looked back since.
As well as selling prints in local art galleries I exhibit in art competitions both locally and nationally, with one of my earliest engravings “Autumn” being selected for exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London for the Royal Miniature Society of Painters Sculptors and Gravers exhibition 2019, it was such an honour to see my work adorning such prestigious walls.
I hope to continue learning and improving my technique, but I also think it is important that these skills are not lost, I traveled over 4 hours my first hand engraving tuition, simply because it was one of only two courses available, with the other being a similar distance for me to travel, so my aims for 2020 are to offer workshops in engraving and copperplate printing from my workshop in Buxton and also online.
Chasing and repousse
Chased sloe gin bottle and berries
Chased Christmas bowl
I created this piece ‘Christmas bowl’ during a two day chasing and repousse workshop with Bryony Knox silversmith. It is a spun copper bowl, which I chased my design into and had silver plated afterwards.
I created this piece in 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the end of the first world war. I entered the piece along with another commemorative piece (Women’s suffrage: 100 years of the right to vote) into the Stockport open art exhibition in 2018 and both pieces were selected for entry and this piece sold during the exhibition.
The subject is Burbage Band (Buxton) in 1914. The band members enlisted as a group to join the war efforts in order to keep the band together. The medium is copper which has been photo-etched by hand. I created a second picture of the band which was donated to the Band in 2018 and now hangs in the band room in Buxton.
Using a plastic paper, I transfer photographic designs onto metal before etching with an acid solution.
I created this piece to enter into the 2018 Annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters Sculptors and Gravers, and was so pleased to find out that it had been selected for entry to the exhibition and was on display at the Mall Galleries in London throughout December 2018. The subject is a B flat cornet and the medium is Copper which has been etched with acid.