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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Congratulations to instructor Christine Woollacott

I love sharing great news! Christine Woollacott, who has taught both Champlevé and Cloisonné at BeadFX, e-mailed me to say that one of her cloisonné pieces won Grand Prize Silver Medal in the Fire Mountain Gems Metals Contest!

According to Christine, "In the Rushes necklace was inspired by a summer afternoon I spent kayaking along the Humber River in Toronto. There was so many things to see hiding in the rushes. I wanted to capture the sense of life I found, and create a necklace with many stories to tell. The champlevé frog on the necklace clasp is hiding from the cloisonné heron center-piece. The blackbird perching on the cat-tail rushes on the back of the pendant is calling out a warning. The blue boulder-opal doublet on the bail of the pendant represents the river, and the rough granulated setting imitates the shore-line.

"The pendant was constructed from metal clay, and the setting for the enamel center piece was made from fine silver bezel wire. The chain was created using the Viking-knit method, and finished with hand-made metal clay end-caps. The champlevé and cloisonné enamel pieces were created using a variety of transparent Thompson enamel colours."

Congratulations, Christine; we are so proud of you! To see the other winners of the Fire Mountain contest, go to:

Upcoming classes with Christine Woollacott:
Twisted Wire Mokume Gane Ring
Saturday, July 18
10:00am - 2:00pm


Champlevé Enamel on Art Clay Silver
Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18
10:00am - 5:00pm both days

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