Name: Ruadhnait inghean Ruaidhri
Location: Shire of Panther Vale
I have been wanting to reproduce an enameled reliquary box since I started dabbling in enamels some 15-20 years ago. Covid provided me with many hours of time at home to work on projects and over the course of the last year I have been chipping away at this project. It is loosely based on a casket in the British Museum depicting scenes of courtly love, and consists of 5 enameled copper plaques that are affixed to a wooden box and lid. I replicated the image from one of the sides, the other plaques are modelled after illuminations from the same time period.
The copper plaques were first etched with acid with a resist to create hollows in which to lay the enamels. The enamels were then painted in, and the plaques fired in a kiln. I tend to do much smaller jewelry-sized pieces, so the plaques were a bit out of my comfort zone. I had some issues with managing colors in the kiln, but am overall happy with how the project has come together.