Arts & Crafts Enamel: Lydia Cooke & Contemporary Artists

19 October - 31 December 2012

A display of Arts & Crafts jewellery, enamel-work plaques and designs by Lydia Cooke, a Birmingham-based craftswoman whose work embodied beautiful design and exquisite workmanship. The Arts & Crafts period saw a revival in enamelling techniques, and enamel became one of the defining features of Arts & Crafts jewellery and metalwork. From 1906, Cooke attended the Municipal School for Jewellers and Silversmiths, a branch of the Birmingham School of Art, where she excelled; her talent was reflected by the prizes she was awarded. She went on to exhibit internationally, participating in the international exhibitions at Ghent in 1913, Paris in 1914 and the British Empire Exhibition in 1924. Examples of her work were acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum.

This collection has rarely been exhibited, and presents an opportunity to see a body of work by a designer-maker now virtually unknown, but widely appreciated in her own day.

The display also includes pieces made by a selection of today’s enamel specialists, showing how new and exciting ways of working with this magical medium have evolved.

Supported by - Arts Council England

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  • Helen Carnac, Each Other © The Artist
  • Detail of enamel plaque depicting a seated saint © Lakeland Arts Trust


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