I’m Gill Cordiner, I’m Scottish but have lived in Perth, Western Australia for the last 10 years. I studied fine art in Edinburgh and taught fine art in Aberdeen for 15 years before meeting my Australian husband and emigrating to Perth.
When I had children I found little or no extended periods of time to paint, so I needed a creative outlet and I decided to learn silversmithing. My father was a jeweller after all, so there was already an inkling in my mind for it I guess. I studied at Tafe part time in the evenings and grasped the basic skills I needed. I had a very short half hour demo on enamelling and that was it for me, I was hooked! I then pursued it on my own and pretty much that’s how I came to make enamelled jewellery.
The reasons I love enamel are that it is the closest thing to painting in jewellery, the colours are rich, vibrant and glossy. I love the way it changes as it melts. Enameling is powdered glass and pigment that fuses to metal at high temperature, it’s been around since the dawn of civilisation and its enduring qualities are part of its appeal.
I use different skills but the same outlook as I do in my paintings – I’m inspired by colour, texture, the elements and composition. All my jewellery I see as 3 dimensional metal paintings. The materials I use are silver, copper, brass and titanium. All the metals I use are recycled and as I make everything personally in my studio. My impact on the environment is minimal.
My work changes and pushes me to move in lots of directions.
In 2015, in conjunction with friends, we opened our first store called The Tasty Pear in the Bassendean Shopping Center, then in December the same year, we opened our second store in the Noranda Shopping center. These stores stock my work as well as art and craft from around Western Australia.
In 2015 I was selected to be one of five finalists in the Saul Belle International Jewellery competition in the USA. I was delighted to be selected .
In 2015 I won an award in the Bassendean visual art awards.
2016 I was a featured artist and published a tutorial in the Artisan Jewellery Times in USA January edition.
2016 im a finalist again in the Saul belle international jewelry competition
Call me if you would like to discuss a commission or inquiry 0421030105.