imago corvi

adventures in enamelling, stories, music and travel

Hawthorn Tree

I have two main tree designs which can be altered to indicate different trees by changing the terminals and colour. (See also Tree Series # 1) This one is based … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment


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

Emain Macha

This piece is based on one that was found near the ancient Irish hill fort of Emain Macha Three kings agreed to split the governing of Ireland among themselves, taking … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment


The etymology of Athene’s name is uncertain. Some say it is derived from the word for ‘mind’. The name relates to the city of Athens – but most stories agree … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · Leave a comment


This is the culmination of a year of research and development undertaken in partnership with a local jeweller, Amir Sheikhvand. Amir apprenticed to a Minakari master when he was young, … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · 2 Comments


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


Artemis means ‘vigorous’ In Greek mythology, Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. One of the most widely venerated of the gods and … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · Leave a comment


When I was a child I was not happy to have Crowe as my surname. It gave the other kids fodder for teasing. “Go fly south, crow-bird” they’d holler. It … Continue reading

June 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Persian Minakari

This is a project that was inspired by an Iranian jeweller coming to my studio with an enamelled bowl and asking me what materials he would need to re-create this … Continue reading

June 2, 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