Di Shimell

I use a mixture of silver, copper, brass and gilding metal fussed to produce jewellery and small pots, which I add a patina too.

I first started working in metal when I used large steel plates in printmaking as a Fine Arts degree student in Hull in the 1980’s. I’ve always been attracted to working with metal, 4 years ago I started learning silversmithing, after attending an advanced Silversmith course in 2017, where I learnt a metal fusing technique, I started making fused silver and gilding metal jewellery as well as small pots.

I’m interested in developing and exploring ways of introducing colour into the pieces I make, and I now use a technique that involves fusing silver and gilding metal then using a fume box to add a patina to the final pieces; this turns the gilding metal black, the fused metal blue, and the silver remains silver. I also leave pieces in their natural colours, the gilding metal will then slowly turn a darker or if cleaned will look like rose gold.

Open days

  • Sunday 5th May
  • Monday 6th May (Bank Holiday)
  • Saturday 11th May
  • Sunday 12th May

About my studio

This is a joint open studio with Katherine Rhodes, you can look round and talk to the artists.

  • Visitors to the studio will be able to buy my work
  • I’m happy to undertake commissions – please ask!

Contact me

Studio location

48 Hadfield Street
S6 3RR

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