About Enamel

Jewellery enamel is an incredibly noble and refined material.

It’s a mixture of various minerals, mainly quartz, and metal oxides that give the enamel different colors.

Minankari – cloisonné

It’s a traditional enamel art technique. The ornaments are formed by manually moulding and affixing silver or gold strips to a special surface. Such compartments (cloisons) are subsequently filled with properly prepared enamel and need to through a repeated process of firing in a special kiln at 800°C .

The technique is an arduous process that requires advanced technical skills and, most of all, patience and experience.

Cloisonne is one of the oldest enamel techniques

Decorating precious metals with colorful enamel dates back to ancient times and the technique hasn’t changed from then on.

Noble jewelry enamel as a means of artistic expression

I create jewellery to express my independence and share unique experience with people setting their own trends. In my atelier you can find both unique single pieces of jewellery as well as limited-edition collections. Color and ornament are the themes of my art which I express by the use of noble jewellery enamel and silver, both of which are my primary materials-of-choice and means of artistic expression.

About Anna Betley

I create jewellery to express my independence and share unique experience with people setting their own trends. In my atelier you can find both unique single pieces of jewellery as well as limited-edition collections. Color and ornament are the themes of my art which I express by the use of noble jewellery enamel and silver, both of which are my primary materials-of-choice and means of artistic expression.

The source of everything I do is creativity that motivates and inspires me. Creativity is what distinguishes my work and emphasizes the individual style of my clients.

Work on each new jewelry begins with inspiration, passion and feelings. It is a process that requires patience, openness and imagination. I create ornaments containing a variety of ornaments, colors and shapes that emphasize individual style and unlimited imagination. The jewelry that is made in my studio is a miniature of:

My world … it’s art and culture. These include ancient mosaics and frescoes characterized by the artistry and order of composition, rich temple vaults and exotic and intricate arabesques. An important place in my heart is occupied by Georgian art and culture, where I was amazed not only by the richness and diversity, but also by the incredible respect for cultural heritage which is endowed with a kind of worship there.


My admiration … it’s nature and its richness, from which I draw inspiration. It is from observing nature that ideas for simple biomorphic forms supplemented with rich ornaments come. The colors of the changing seasons, the places I saw, the feelings and thoughts accompanying me in these places – all this is reflected in the shiny surface of the enamel.

My delight … is primarily a world of ornaments. I am fascinated by the infinity of their rhythms and motives. Before I started creating jewelry, I dealt with conservation of monuments. I worked, among others, on the conservation of stone carving forms on the facade of the Słowacki Theater in Krakow, the National Theater in Warsaw, the Wilno Palace and many other historic buildings. I thought then that working with historic architecture would be the main occupation in my life. However, the most important place in my world was taken by „Minankari”. It’s a kind of colorful jewelry that I fell in love with during my first trip to Georgia. I decided to explore the secrets of this techini and so in the local art and jewelry workshop I learned the basics of enamel and goldsmith art, thanks to which I can make my designs by hand from scratch. The emotions that accompanied me when making my first decoration were enormous. The entire process of making jewelry from melting silver granules, forming and shaping the ornament, through inserting and firing colored enamel for final polishing was an unusual ritual for me. Tools, preparations, colored enamel powder, burners, red-hot furnace – it all made me feel like I was in an alchemist’s workshop and I take part in an unusual, mysterious experiment. These emotions still accompany me when I start working on a new decoration.

I am an art master by profession. I graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts of the University of Rzeszów. I also studied post-graduate conservation, architecture and interior design of sacred buildings at the Cracow University of Technology and jewelry design at the Łódź Academy of Fine Arts.

I belong to national and international associations:


 The Association of Goldsmithing Artists

The Polish Guild of Artists Artisans

the British enamel association Guild of Enamellers

The British Society of Enamellers.

Participation in jewelry exhibitions and competitions … click here

Articles in the press about me and my work … click here

Boutique

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I invite you to my boutique: click here

Contact

contact@annabetleyenamelart.com