Enamel necklace - Mary Lojkine

Inspiration details:

Vase

Vase

Prague, Czechoslovakia (made)

1959 (made)

Vanura, Karel (designer)

Engraved and enamelled glass

V&A collection reference number(s):
C.103-1984

Artist Statement

Mary Lojkine

I chose the vase from the glass gallery because I liked the combination of the simple clean shape, the fine black lines of the graphic elements and the bold orange shapes.

My necklace uses transparent enamels to create a glassy finish on simple curved shapes. The decoration combines etched lines filled with black enamel, softer lines made with underglaze pencil, freeform orange shapes and small silver balls to add texture.

I wanted parts of the design to flow across the elements, so I made a set of test pieces in copper to check how they would hang. The templates for cutting and etching the elements were created on a computer, using a photo of the model as a guide (templates.jpg), and transferred on to the silver using Blue Press 'n' Peel paper. All the pieces were counter enamelled in orange and then decorated with sifted and wet-packed enamel. The chain threads through tubing soldered on to the back and is finished with a handmade S-clasp.

Enamel necklace - Mary Lojkine

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Inspiration details:

Vase

Vase

Prague, Czechoslovakia (made)

1959 (made)

Vanura, Karel (designer)

Engraved and enamelled glass

V&A collection reference number(s):
C.103-1984

2015 Exhibition Guide

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