Cloisonné Enamel Pendant by Shanna Thomas

Cloisonné Enamel Pendant by Shanna Thomas. Jewelry photography by Steve RossmanToday’s post is an amazing work by Shanna Thomas.  It’s a cloisonné enamel pendant on copper that has been covered with silver foil.  Set in sterling silver, the piece is accented with a raspberry spinel.

I was amazed to learn that this represents Shanna’s first foray into enameling.  That’s a testament both to Shanna’s talent and to the teaching skills of enamelist Linda Darty, who’s a professor at East Carolina University and who taught Shanna’s first class on enameling techniques (  Shanna’s goal was to create the depth of color that Linda achieves by using transparent enamels.  I think she succeeded.  Wildly.

I enjoyed learning, too, that the design was inspired by the graphic on her coffee sleeve that morning.  Its stylized mountains stirred her (no pun intended).

I love the silver work on the reverse, employing the same image outline from the enameled front.

I shot this piece during the San Diego Continuing Ed workshop I taught last weekend on Jewelry Photography.  The shot was a class demo.  I was working in a portable studio with softbox lights, reflectors, a Nikon D300 camera, a 60mm macro lens, and a large audience!

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3 Responses to Cloisonné Enamel Pendant by Shanna Thomas

  1. Jan says:

    Beautiful cloisonne, well crafted and artistic setting (front and back) and your photos capture the piece incredibly well. Thanks for a great class Steve.

  2. steverossman says:

    Thanks for all your help, Jan! I’m glad you could come and contribute. You’re the best!!

  3. Breathtakingly beautiful! One of the nicest enameled pieces I’ve seen! Judith

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