Elizabeth Turrell


These wearable pieces are forms of an in-memoriam marker, a silent message that may elicit a feeling of melancholia or disquiet. I hope they may encourage conversation. In the pieces that use image and text – there is more than you see – parts are hidden.

Materials and process are a significant part in the thinking and making of this work – that chemical bond of glass on metal. It is the inherent qualities of this material that attract me at a sensory and aesthetic level.

Using thin white pre-enamelled steel – a functional factory produced material – gives me a bland surface with none of the usual preciousness associated with enamelled jewellery.

I am entranced by the different qualities obtainable by piercing and altering the white surface to reveal the qualities of the steel substrate.
I like the limitation set by this single material.

These pieces are an attempt to transform and extend the traditional concept of vitreous enamel on metal: the glassy, the decorative, and the perfect surface. This material seemed best suited to express and clarify my intentions.

Born  Yorkshire England

Education
1959-61
 Lowestoft School of Art, Suffolk 
1961-63  Central School of Art and Design, London (Now Central Saint Martins, London Institute)

Awards
2007
 Elected an Academician: Royal West of England Academy 
2004  38th International Enamelling Art Ex: The Japan Enamelling Artist Ass. Royal Ueno Museum. Tokyo.
Jury: Special Prize.
2004  Cultural Visit to India British Council/Jindal Arts Foundation / Enamelist Society India
2003  AHRB Small Grant for International Contemporary Vitreous Enamel Archive
1998  Sponsored: Indian Council of Cultural Relations/ Sanskriti Kendra.

Collections
2009
  Town of Morez, France
2008  British Museum London. Coins and Medals Department
2005/07  City of Frydlant Museum Czech Republic
/08/09
2003  Musée de l’Eveché, Limoges, France        
2001  National Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh.
1992  Goldsmith and Enamel Museum. Vilnius Lithuania.
1990  Kent State University, USA.

Selected Exhibitions
2011
 Unsung Heroes exhibition: Lothian Health Service Archive Centre for Research Collection, Main
Library Edinburgh University, then installed at Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, Public Arts at Royal
Infirmary -Permanent Collection. Collaborative project: Edinburgh College of Art, LHSA and RIE
Surface and Substance: International contemporary enamel jewellery curated by Jessica Turrell
Contemporary Applied Arts London
Drawing, Permanence and Place Exhibition: Kunstverein, Coburg, Germany, September-9th
October 2011 Emaillekunst op Staal Museum voor  en Emaillekunst, Ravenstein, NL 
2010  44th International Exhibition of Japan Enamelling Artists Association
Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo. – Invited artist.
Designer Printer Maker: Northern Print, Newcastle
Making a Mark: A Contemporary View of Vitreous Enamel Black Swan Arts
Makers Metier:  Karel Fritch, Elizabeth Turrell, Cynthia Cousens, Lisa Walker and Helen Britton. Gallery East: Fremantle NSW Australia
2009/11  Taking Time: Craft and the Slow Revolution. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery UK Touring show
157th Autumn Exhibition Royal West of England Academy Bristol
7th Rencontres Internationales et Journées de l’Email
Espace Lamartine á Morez, France
12th Biennial International Enamel Exhibition Oakland Art Gallery CA USA
The Enamel Show: 500 Enamel Objects. A Celebration of Color Metal Velvet da Vinci San Francisco USA
10th Enamel Art Symposium Exhibition Frydlant Museum, Czech Republic
International Triennial Enamel Exhibition Frýdek-Místek, Czech Republic 
Galerie La Femme, Prague, Czech Republic
Open Print: Royal West of England Academy Bristol
Delicate Beauty: Penland School of Crafts Gallery NC USA
CUP:  Devon Guild of Craftsmen Bovey Tracy UK
Range of Possibilities Penland Gallery, Penland School of Craft NC USA
Elizabeth Turrell One person-show (installation) Vault Project Quirk Gallery, Richmond Virginia USA 
2008  Caftsense Permanent Collection Bilston Craft Gallery and Museum
Committed to Print Northern Print Newcastle.
Anti War Medals: Sam Shaw Gallery N.E. Harbor, Maine USA
Landscape of Desire Museum of Glass and Enamel Ravenstein, Holland
Elizabeth Turrell + Helen Carnac, University of East Carolina USA
Sztukaognia: Frydlancka Emalia artystyczna. Galeria Uniwersytecka Krakow Poland

Selected Publications
Albert Prinz aus Coburg; Drawing, Permanence and Place, Vitreous Enamel essay SBN  978-3-00-035639-1
Drawing Permanence and Place Exhibition. Essay - A Brief Introduction to Vitreous Enamel ISBN 978-09560266-3-7
10th International Enamel Symposium, Frydland, Czech Republic  - Catalogue Essay 2009
Exhibition in Print 2009    Metalsmith publication, (Juried)
Metalsmith Against War by Marjorie Simon Metalsmith Vol. 29 No 1 2009
500 Enamel Objects. A Celebration of Color on Metal Lark Books 2009
Playing with Fire Devon Guild Travelling EX. Catalogue Essay
Enamel Experience: International Badge Exhibition. Edited by Elizabeth Turrell 2007
Digitally Print technologies and their relation to Vitreous Enamel on metal for the visual artist.
NIPP 22. Society for Imaging Science & Technology Conference. Denver Colorado USA
Stephen Hoskins and Elizabeth Turrell 15-22 Sept 2006

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