Linda Connelly is a designer-maker specialising in enamelling. She works from her home studio in Surrey and also teaches classes in Jewellery Making and Enamelling . She welcomes commissions and enjoys working with a client to help them realise their ideas in silver and enamels.
Linda has been fascinated by glass and jewellery for as long as she can remember. When her husband bought home an old enamelling kiln from a junk shop over thirty years ago, she soon became seduced by the compelling combination of colour and texture that can be achieved with enamels. Blending and shading different enamels to build up veils of colour in order to convey mood and feeling, never fails to provoke a feeling of excitement and anticipation, as no two pieces are ever completely identical. Each piece develops over a succession of firings, typically anything from six to more than a dozen. She uses a variety of techniques ranging from traditional skills like cloisonné and champlevé to more experimental techniques that she has developed using sgraffito and liquid enamels. Linda welcomes commissions and will be delighted to discuss with you the designing and making of a special piece.
Inspiration comes from the vibrant colours and spectacular architecture that she saw in India and also on recent visits to Venice and Sicily. She is also very drawn to rocks and fossils found on beaches on childhood holidays.