adventures in enamelling, stories, music and travel
I was contacted by the Museum in Worcester, MA to make a series of panels showing the way 13th C Limoges champleve was originally made. This is one of the pieces in their collection and they asked me to make an enlarged version of the central roundel
I had already read a good deal about this (since champleve was my main speciality for many years) and so was excited to take the project on. My first challenge was to find someone to do the hand engraving. I generally etch my pieces, but in the 13th c this process was unknown. Pieces that needed shape were either cast. hammered or engraved. So I put out a call on Facebook, and was answered by Armen Hagopian – who did a really fine job with both the detail work (see the last piece) and the excavation of large areas of copper to inlay the enamel
His cuts were based on the original – but quite a but more complex! Because it was an enlargement, there was more space to fill, and his engravers eye could not leave it all blank!
I hope to work with Armen again and make something of our own design and our own colours!