|This enamel, by Gillie Hoyte Byrom, won three awards in the Craftsmanship and Design Awards Competition 2007, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London:
· “Gold” for Enamel Painting|
· Best Senior Award
· The “Jacques Cartier Memorial Award”
Gillie researched Holbein’s magnificent oil paintings of this famous king and designed her own interpretation in vitreous enamel on gold to incorporate a variety of enamelling techniques.
The king’s sumptuous costume has been worked in gold wire, gold foil and gold powder as an underlay prior to enamel painting.
Pattern on the gold curtain and architectural detail in the background has been engraved and the three inch by five and half inch enamel on 18ct. gold plaque has been set in an 18ct. gold and silver frame.
Five other craftsmen played their part in creating the metal work before Gillie applied the enamel, subjecting the gold base to about 25 firings in her kiln.
This is the 13th year that Gillie has had her enamel portrait miniatures shown in the annual exhibition at Goldsmiths’ Hall. She has won best award in her category of enamel painting each year but this is the first time she has won the Premier Award of the Cartier and she is the second woman to do so.
Next year will be 100th year of the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design Awards. A competition to which there is no parallel in the UK.