Lisa Dakin in the Workshop

Lisa Dakin

As an approaching graduate in metal work I have been focusing on hand spun enameled functional and decorative homeware.  My style is influenced by mid- century modern colour palettes and I take decorative inspiration from textile pattern as well as the colour and shapes of the Yorkshire landscape where I grew up.

I enjoy the making process as much as the outcome of the final object - the almost ceremonial cleansing of a bowl immaculately before enamel can be applied, then carefully sifting on colour and finally short bursts of high firing at which point the outcome of a finished piece cannot be predicted.

My signature pieces are small vessels high fired with rich colours, applied sporadically or enrobed in colour.  Some work also embraces the narrative of figure - posture, gesture, and facial expression and I am currently working on a new collection which will be available in June.  The ability to manipulate surface enamel finish through different firing times and temperatures creates a never ending playground of opportunities to discover and this is what drives me on to experiment in my workshop in Farnham.

As part of my graduation work I have been expanding into different markets.  This work represents a departure from enamels requiring me to draw on old bodies of knowledge gained from studying for an architecture and engineering degree; new work incorporates wood and silver in an abstract vessel series and has resulted in a series of pieces I plan to develop in a masters degree.