CopperTide Contemporary Enamel Jewelry

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Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, NC
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My work is primarily influenced by my fascination with forms and their interior spaces, by color, and by my affinity for the natural world and the allure it holds for me. I feel that we are all connected to nature and to one another on a very primal level.

I use traditional metalsmithing techniques, such as shell forming, piercing, and enameling as well as contemporary and experimental techniques like torch fired liquid enamels. Traditionally, I have used kiln firing exclusively in my enamel work, but for the past five years, I have been working with liquid form white enamel and torch-firing techniques as well. All of the color variation in these pieces come from the extememly high heat of the acetylene torch, which when precisely controlled, will draw the oxides of the copper base metal up through the enamel layer to create organic patterns and colors in a completely unique way. Each piece in this series is one-of-a-kind and could never be replicated exactly because of all the varying factors that go into each stage of the process. The hand-drawn sgraffito designs are often my graphic interpretations of patterns found in nature, such as seagrasses blowing in the breeze, silhouettes of rolling hills, or curling vines.

I love creating these pieces that not only speak to my love for the natural world, but also fuel my passion for the materials and techniques that have been used for many centuries and have a rich history of their own. I am honored to be able to put my own life into them and make unique and beautiful pieces to put out into the world.

Annie Grimes Williams | coppertide@gmail.com

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Five Petal Necklace

This piece from my Signature Collection is truly one-of-a-kind. It features five hand cut petal shapes in over-fired liquid white enamel. The over-firing technique that I use allows some of the oxides of the copper base metal to react with the enamel in the extreme heat and give it a minty green tint. The hand drawn sgraffito design is inspired by the texture of mushroom gills. This piece also features a handmade oxidized sterling silver chain. The loop of the chain measures about 18″, with the longest center petal measuring about 6″.

Particle Trails Earrings

These earrings feature torch-fired white enamel with a sgraffito design inspired by the trails created by sub-atomic particles as they travel through space.

Swoop Hoop Earrings

These fun hoop earrings feature a sterling silver wire hoops with an enamel “swoop” shape at the bottom with contracting colors on the inside and outside.