Today’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 (http://www.lindadarty.com/). 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!