Naomi Nevill

2016 QEST Dengie Crops Ltd Scholar - Enamelling & Jewellery Design

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 studied hand engraving and vitreous enamelling with Phil Barnes and Fred Rich, supported by her QEST Scholarship. Since then she has won numerous awards including a several 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.