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Fired up for Wednesday

21 October 2009 by Alison

Picture of curator intalling exhibition

Alayna Ellis installs Glass, Metal and Fire, a collection of enamel artwork by artist Ruth Ball

Wednesday mornings are usually a dull affair, the buzz of the previous weekend has worn off and the next chance to sleep in is still a couple of days away.

However this Wednesday proved to be a bit more inspiring when I visited the Walker Art Gallery to see a beautiful new collection being installed ready for its opening tomorrow (22 October, 2009). In the Craft and DesignGallery Alayna Ellis, assistant curator of ceramics and artist Ruth Ball were installing Glass, Metal & Fire.

On until Winter 2010 Glass, Metal & Fire is a collection of enamelled jewellery and decorative objects. Although a small collection the intricate objects are so colourful and ornate they are a joy to look at. What’s most interesting is that rather than displaying the finished project Ruth has created a series of the same object demonstrating the stages of the enamelling process.

Part of the collection is a miniature enamelled painting of the Walker Art Gallery kindly donated by Ruth to the Decorative Arts Collection. Ruth will also be making an additional two enamel minatures inspired by our collections and the history of these collections. The two miniature enamelled portraits will be of Joseph Mayer and William Roscoe both of whom collected art or antiquities and parts of their collections were donated to National Museums Liverpool

I will be sure to blog again when these two additions arrive, I’m sure they will only enhance an already gorgeous collection

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