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 wood 65cm x 40.5cm by Hans Holbein the Younger. Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna.
• Hand engraved by Gillie Hoyte Byrom after taking engraving course at London Metropolitan University in July 2007.
• Two coats of counter-enamel gold flux.
• Gold flux on top.
• Applied line drawing.
• Laid silver foil and transparent enamels: Genevan Rouge 41; Austria ‘peach’ black for gem stones.
• Laid rings of 0.3mm fine gold cloisonné wire with paste of 23.5ct gold powder to outline jewels.
• Laid gold flux over jewels and silver with Soyer opal white over the remaining area.
• Limoges white finely ground with oil (bolder than white paint) for pearls.
• Chinese black porcelain paint for jewels (touching areas of transparent black which had broken up).
• Added silver lustre to sleeves and touched up pearls and white areas of costume.
• Applied line drawing to sleeve.
• Hand painted.
• Finely graded C4 flux applied in three coats.
• Stoned and refired.
• Polished with pumice slurry using mop on 1400 rpm motor.
• Minimum 30 firings.
Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design Awards 2008
• Gold for Enamel Painting
• Special Council Award
© Gillie Hoyte Byrom
This object is not on display.