Joan Mackarell

First degree in textiles, and then retrained at Sir John Cass metalwork department in jewellery and enamel. Founder member of British Society of Enamelers and director of Studio Fusion Gallery for the last 18 years where her work can be seen. Has had work published in numerous books on enamel and jewellery, both in the US and UK.

Was senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University, now teaches short courses in various institutions.

Describe your approach to teaching:

Encourages an individual approach to designing pieces using enamel. Her teaching covers a broad range of traditional and non- traditional techniques.

What inspires your own work?

In her enamel pieces she evokes fragments of childhood memories spent on the Atlantic coast of Donegal. These often explore the influence of the natural world, the geology of the bog lands and the symbolism of plants and animals.

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