Esther Knobel, brooch, 2015, enamel on copper
Esther Knobel, brooch, 2015, enamel on copper

Esther Knobel, necklace, 2015, enamel on copper
Esther Knobel, brooch, 2015, enamel on copper
Esther Knobel, pendant, 2015, casted iron
Esther Knobel, Mind in The Hand, brooches, silver, iron

Esther Knobel Memory Vessels recall folk art: objects decorated with a mosaic of found, jewel-like materials. They are about sorrow and sentiment. Memory has always been the principle theme in Esther’s creative process and work. She employs enamel on a copper ground here, as she did earlier in her series Fruit of the Sea and Magnets. Even as a student at art school she was drawn to this technique as an escape from the more rigid jewellery-making training. Now she is perplexed and intrigued by her ongoing relationship with this technique, which might seem easy yet is often quite challenging. This presentation also includes Esther Knobel’s recent pendants of enamelled cast iron, which originated during a residency at the Kohler Factory in Wisconsin, USA, where she could make use of the casting and enamelling facilities.