imago corvi

adventures in enamelling, stories, music and travel

The Silver Palace of the Moon

  This is the first in a series of pieces inspired by Russian lacquer boxes which, in turn, are inspired by fairy tales. Often relegated to the status of children’s stories, … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Golden Palace of the Sun

  This is the second in a series of pieces inspired by Russian lacquer boxes which, in turn, are inspired by fairy tales. Often relegated to the status of children’s stories, … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Bee

So work the honey bees, Creatures that by a rule in nature teach The art of order to a peopled kingdom; They have a king and officer of sorts; Where … Continue reading

July 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Greenman

Contrary to popular belief the image of the green man does not originate in Celtic culture. It is part of the roman tradition of sculpture, and was imported north. The … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Crow and Lamb Table

This was a really exciting commission that I got from Beeken Parson Furniture in Vermont. They had a client whose last name was also Crowe, and whose wife’s maiden name was … Continue reading

June 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Joan of Arc

Grisaille is a technique that was perfected in the 15th century by the great painted enamel houses of Limoges: Penicaud, Limousin and Reymond. I first saw grisaille enamels in the … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

King Otter

Since my work is inspired by folklore and myth – a piece always starts with a story.In Irish folklore the otter is often characterized as a friendly and helpful creature, … Continue reading

September 11, 2009 · 3 Comments

The Codex Manesse

My latest experiment in grisaille has involved translating some illuminated manuscript illustrations into the painted enamel technique. I love the stylised form and composition of these old illuminations. The Codex … Continue reading

April 13, 2009 · Leave a comment

St Sebastian

Here are the next steps in my adventures in grisaille enamel. The last few weeks have been crazy busy as I try to put together an on-line enamel supply store. … Continue reading

April 1, 2009 · 2 Comments

St Joan

As I explore the possibilities of grisaille enamel – I thought I would investigate the possibilities of pre-Raphaelite style. I found this image of a Dante Rossetti painting in a … Continue reading

March 16, 2009 · Leave a comment

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