Beautiful enamel & graphite jewellery
My name is Rachel Brown and I am a jeweller specialising in enamel and graphite drawn jewellery. I work from my lovely studio at home in South Yorkshire, combining making with kids and dogs and general family life.
I studied jewellery and silversmithing at Loughborough College of Art and Design graduating in 1993. I initially went into teaching and kept jewellery making as a hobby. In 2014 I decided to make my passion for making my full time job.
I fell in love with this lesser known enamelling technique when I was researching different ways to enamel. I have always loved sketching and doodling, pencil being my favourite medium and so this was the perfect way to explore my drawing.
I have developed this simple technique over the past couple of years. I only use white enamel which represents a sheet of white paper. Although my work is minimal in colour white enamel can be over-fired to produce subtle tones of yellows, blues and greens.
The addition of gold also brings a colourful element to my work. Each piece of jewellery is unique, I hand draw every piece, it’s like wearing a piece of art! I am inspired by anything and everything, a lot of my work explores the repetitive patterns and shapes I see in everyday life, from leaves on a tree to the brickwork in a building.
My pieces are made mainly from sterling silver, copper, enamel and graphite. I use 9ct yellow gold sheet, leaf and goldplate to add a little bit of coloured detail. Pieces of jewellery that weigh more than 7.78g are hallmarked at the Sheffield Assay Office.
All the graphite drawings are done by me and as such I cannot guarantee that they will look exactly like those seen on the website. White enamel can sometimes fire with hints of yellow, green and blue but this can add to the bespoke nature of my work.
Gallery 33, Sheffield
Hawksbys Gallery Haworth
Pyramid Gallery, York
Montpellier Gallery, Stratford Upon Avon
New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
Mine Gallery, Norfolk
RA Designer Jewellery, Manchester
Black Swan Arts, Frome
Ag Gallery, Matlock
Doghouse Gallery , Northern Ireland
JM Gallery , Suffolk
Christine Cummings , Ormskirk
Kate Hopwood Gallery, Surrey