Hollow-form (J303)

Catalogue Record



Jessica Turrell



Made in





Blackened copper form attached to grey cotton string.

Materials and techniques

The 'Hollow Forms' are created in copper using the technique of electroforming over a hand-carved wax Mandrel. Vitreous enamel is built up on the surface of the resultant form over a number of firings. The enamel is then rubbed back using abrasives to give a smooth, tactile finish.


height:  5cm
width:  3.5cm
depth:  2.5cm

Object number



  • Hollow-form, Jessica Turrell, 2010, Crafts Council Collection: J303. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

Maker's statement

The intimate scale of jewelley is central to my practice. I strive to create work that has a tactile delicay and that rewards the wearer's close attention. Over a number of years I have developed an experimental approach to enamel by which I seek to create work that moves away from traditional jewellery enamel practice in order to achieve a more ambiguous and expressive surface quality.

In 2007 I was awarded an AHRC Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts which I undertook at the University of the West of England, Briistol. This three-year project used both practice-led and theoretical research methodology to investigate the place of enamel in contemporary jewellery practice. The group of pieces entitled 'Hollow Form Series' are one of the tangible outcomes of this research, resulting from an investigation into the use of electroforming as a method for the creation of volumetric forms. Layers of enamel are built up and then selectively removed to re-expose underlying layers of colour and to produce a distinctive surface. Each vessel-like form has a tactile surface, and weightiness that positively encourages touch.