Gillie Hoyte Byrom hand paints enamels for a world-wide clientele from her studio in Dartington, Devon. She creates portrait miniatures using traditional vitreous enamel skills taught to her in Barcelona in 1990. some are of living people, others take their inspiration from historic artworks.
Original art work: Oil on panel 107.2mm x 82mm, with His Majesty the King.
• Two coats of counter-enamel gold flux.
• Gold flux and Soyer opal white on top.
• Applied line drawing.
• Laid gold filings and 23.5ct gold powder to backcloth.
• Stoned smooth with diagrit and fired.
• Painted surrounding background with underglaze black.
• Two coats flux 139 and gold flux over gold with Soyer opal white to areas to be painted.
• Applied second line drawing.
• Hand painted.
• Gold lustre used to detail embroidered sleeves, embroidered buttons, cap badges, shirt collar and dagger.
• Finely graded flux 139 applied in three coats.
• Stoned with diagrit and dipped into hydrofluoric acid, rinsed and refired.
• Applied embroidered detail to surcote using calligrapher’s gold as final firing to prevent burn-out.
• Unable to polish enamel without further layers of protective flux.
• Already reached thickness limit.
• Minimum 26 firings.
Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design Awards 2006
• Commended Award
© Gillie Hoyte Byrom
This object is not on display.