Shoal

  • Exhibition: Underwater flora and fauna - 2024
  • Description of your entry: This piece started with the piercing of the bowl. Initially the piece is marked out using a pillar drill and then the shapes are worked with a saw blade. A range of enamels are then sifted onto the piece over multiple firings. The inside is midnight blue and the outside is an opaque white SOJE 143 which reacts with the flux T232, causing breakthrough and a swirling effect reminiscent of the sea. A particular problem was encountered around the pierced area so it was necessary to use a layer of wet process white to give strength to the piece, then softened with a further layer of SOJE 143. Gold and silver foils were then applied inside the piece. The silver fish were punched out and then gold lustre paint was used to give them a more interesting finish. The shoal in the bottom of the bowl is gold leaf. Each member of the shoal is set carefully with a klyr fire solution. Then the foils were secured with SOJE 3 and a light coating of deep grass green in the case of the shoal.
  • Dimensions (cm): 11cm width 7cm height
  • Techniques: Foil/leaf, High firing, Wet process
  • Main base material: Copper
  • Type of item: Bowl
  • Name of maker: Caroline Ingram MBE
  • Photo credit: Susanna Warren SW Photos