Anny Hooton studied enamelling at Sir John Cass College under Phil Barnes. In 1989 she was awarded a Goldsmith Company travelling award and she and Alex Raphael visited the former Soviet Union to make contact with enamellers there. She made special friendships with both Russian and French enamellers. She was invited to exhibit at Limoges (see our colour illustration of her bead brooch) and spent time in the studio of Bernard Gonney.

She did her thesis on the scientific aspect of how the old medieval enamels were made and every year she was invited to attend the British Museum's colloquium for curators and academics where Medieval enamels were looked at and discussed.

Her own enamelling was meticulous. She was really interested in champlevé, cutting textures into the metal and enamelling them with very thin layers of colour. Feathers inspired her, a theme she returned to again and again. Some of her work involved materials other than metal - Perspex tube decorated with gold foil and from which she hung enamelled pieces.

Those who attended her tutorials at Guild Conferences will remember her creative use of what occasionally seemed the most unlikely materials - lengths of plumber's pipe, wire mesh, crushed copper foil.

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