I have been working today. For some odd reason I felt like it, despite having to put on the kiln with this heat. Well it was hot today but there was a nice breeze. Still.

Well, I had a not completely concrete idea in my head, especially not complete about the background enamel… the shape, theme, words etc was concrete. And the thing is quite experimental and I like some things, others not so… oh well.

One of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales (The Fall of the House of Usher) has this line as head, or whatever you call it:

Son cœur est un luth suspendu,

Sitôt qu’on le touche il résonne.


Now I never had a clue who this De Béranger person was (looking today I found out he was a romantic poet or so), but I always liked the line. Means something like: “His heart is a suspended lute, as soon as it’s touched it resounds”

So I wanted to have a ghostly lute, and those words, and a textured and warm background.

Depending on the light, the lute shows more or less, because it’s enameled with opalescent pale green using grisaille technique, emphasized with a few strokes of white china paint, the words were also “written” with it. The copper is texturized so the light plays with the surface through the transparent enamels as you move the piece. I also used a spatula for the stains of taupe colors, and opalescent green on the words and earrings pieces.

The central piece is quite big, approximate sizes: central, 6×4 cm; the side ones, 3,5 x 2 cm; and the earrings 1,5 x 1 cm.

15 thoughts on “Luth

  1. I am completely in love with this lute. I wish that I had money for this because it is breathtaking, seriously. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. The damn jeweller’s work alone would be so damn expensive :(
      I could have chosen a cheaper profession.

      I’m glad that you like it, is it because of the amber tones? Did you know that my grandfather was a lute player?

        1. It’s nicer in real life, it’s just impossible to capture grisailles in picture.

          My grandfather died of neupmonia (sp?) when my father was 4.
          Having into account the miserable lifes people led back then in spain, I don’t even think that my grandfather ever saw a recorder. He played lute “for fun”, but they said in the village that he was good at it.

  2. The sort of basic metalwork that you’d need to do this sort of fabrication isn’t that hard- anyone who took my beginning jewelrymaking classes would be able to do it (though practice would obviously improve the ease and possibly the results). I don’t think you’d even need lots of equipment. The main thing would be the torch and all its related stuff.

    I just adore your work!

    1. Yes I know, I also did jewellery for two years and I could do it myself. I just don’t have the equipment anymore, nor the silver. And I’m gonna move to Belgium soon so I am not gonna get them now. And I don’t have a clue about suppliers or anything there :(
      I think that they have more restrictions to have gas bottles at home and all that stuf…

  3. im very happy to see your work again. Im very very tired, we leave at 7h tomorrow and Im not in the bed. I will be back Monday and feel more fresh to see this fantastic project growing. AND I will be very proud t wear another of your art piece and will let you know how my family react to the corset pendant :)

    1. :)
      You should go to bed!! :P

      I think this one is finished. And unless anyone wants it (I really doubt it because it would get quite expensive) seems like it’s gonna sit like that in a paper bag…

  4. clienta satisfeta

    hola! ahir el meu xicot et va comprar el conjunt de collaret, pulsera i arrecades, i t’he de felicitar perque és realment preciós :) he visitat la teva pàgina i m’ha deixat amb la boca oberta, que tinguis molta sort amb el negoci i amb els dissenys de portades (a més, de grups d’stoner i doom, quina combinació més ben encertada)
    bé, paro ja de fer-te la pilota no sense abans dir-te que m’alegra veure que algú de per aquí (jo sóc de collblanc) és fan de saturnus :)


    1. Re: clienta satisfeta

      Hola :)
      La meva pàgina es de l’any de la polka i ja no en faig de portades… on has vist aixó de Saturnus? ;P

      M’alegra que t’agradi el conjunt. No faig negoci amb aixó, només uns calerons molt de tant en tant per comprar-me capricis; per pagar el lloger i el menjar he de treballar :)

      Jo visc quasi a hospitalet, a Santa Eulalia.

      1. Re: clienta satisfeta

        ahhh… doncs ho he vist a una de les teves entrades ;p (sóc una xafardera *^-^*)
        oh, pagar lloguer… només de pensar-hi em veig estudiant i treballant i menjant macarrons cada dia (sols i sense salsa, pq no crec que m’arribessin els diners per tirar-hi oli) però desitjo fer-ho algun dia… en fi, ens veiem algun dia pel metro! :)

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