Naomi Nevill

2016 QEST Dengie Crops Ltd Scholar - Enamelling & Jewellery Design
Kent

Naomi’s work aims to encourage a closer look at nature, even the smallest most insignificant seeming flora or fauna can be dazzling close up. Macro and micro prints often inspire her designs, from vibrant lizard scales and bird feathers to intricate structures of honeycomb and fungi.

To achieve these vibrant colours and complex textures on precious metals Naomi has been studying hand engraving and vitreous enamelling with Phil Barnes and Fred Rich. Vitreous enamelling is a difficult process which takes years to master, receiving a QEST Scholarship allowed Naomi to study with two of the top enamellers in the world. Since then she has won numerous awards including a few at the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards.

To me, enamelling is like alchemy, you put a piece into the kiln which is just powdered glass on metal, and when you take it out, it has transformed into an iridescent vibrant work of art, shining like a jewel, it’s still a bit magic.