Fred Rich

About Fred Rich

Fred Rich produces truly magnificent pieces of enamelled silverware and 18ct gold jewellery, taking the field of art enamelling to the limits with every new design. Much of the success of Fred’s work is based on the fact that he is a multi-dimensional craftsman; designer, draughtsman, artist, master enameller, carver, engraver, silversmith, and jeweller. Many of Fred’s larger pieces require all of these disciplines, executed to the highest standard. A jeweller at heart, Fred regards his enamelled silverware as jewellery for the home!

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Introducing Fred Rich

Working from exquisite water colour designs, Fred’s style of enamelling is a hybrid of cloisonné, basse taille, and champleve – enamel on an engraved, carved, or etched surface. Each piece results from an incredibly labour intensive process, the wirework alone being a significant part of this. Effectively ‘drawing’ the design in 22 carat gold wire, the video here gives an insight into this intricate task.

Once the wirework is completed, working in sections, the silver is hand carved giving the piece added life and brilliance, before the enamel is applied and then fired in the kiln.

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All Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitors welcome commissions. Don’t hesitate to contact this maker and start a conversation about commissioning a piece, unique to you. Examples of commissioning include transforming or combining old jewellery into new pieces, incorporating stones into new settings, or simply working together to create a bespoke piece in the style of this maker.

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