ruth ball

01704 577585
Designer enameller, Ruth Ball, utilises the fusion of glass on metal to produce a diverse collection of products. These range in scale from fine jewellery pieces and bespoke objects to larger wall based artworks. Items are made as "one-offs" or in small batches as limited editions. Her work is regulary showcased in selected gallery outlets and various national / international exhibitions.

Ruth graduated in 1987 with a BA Hons Degree in Jewellery Design from Middlesex University. As a student she was awarded the RSA Bursary Award in 1985 and the Platinum Award in 1987. Most recently, in 2009, she was also awarded a Bursary for the study of large scale enamelling by the British Society of Enamellers.

As a self employed designer maker, Ruth has a wide range of ability and experiance. She is skilled in all aspects of enamel technniques, including minature painted enamels, champleve & cloisonne work and experimental contemporary methods.

Formerly a lecturer at futher and higher education levels, Ruth now teaches one day workshops and short courses to groups and colleges by invitation. In 2006 was commissioned by the publishers A&C Black to share her knowledge of enamel in the form of a how to guide on Enamelling for the Jewellery Handbook Series.

An educational display of enamels are currently on view until late Autumn 2010 in the Craft & Design Showcase at The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.



THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR - 11 / 13 June - Bovely Tracey - Devon

BRITISH SILVER WEEK from 7 / 26th June - Gowan Gallery and Payne & Sons

GOLDSMITHS FAIR - week 2 - 5th / 10th October

HEREFORD CRAFT FAIR - 12 / 14th November


GLASS METAL FIRE - Craft & Design Gallery Showcase - The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Talks on Enamels will be held onthe 17 Feb from 1pm / 2pm and on the 22 July 1-2pm - Ticket Admission > Tickets are free but must be obtained from the Walker Gallery.
The exhibit is ongoing until late 2010.


IN THE SHOWCASE - A solo display of enamels - 5th Jan / 21st Feb - Mersey Bio Offices, Liverpool University

"STATE OF CHANGE" - Joint Exhibition - 14th April / 14th June - In conjunction with sculptor Susan Meyerhoff Sharples at Norton Priory Museum, Cheshire

"LAUNCH" - Southport Contemporary Arts - 23 June / 11 July - Aphrohead Books & Coffee, 11c Hoghton Street, Southport, PR9 0NS Mon – Fri from 9am – 6pm Saturday 9am – 5pm Closed Sunday

"THE THURSDAY PRINTERS" - Group exhibition
8 - 30 August 2009 - The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool.

"SOME LIKE IT HOT" - BSOE British Society of Enamellers
13 September / 16th October - The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

GLASS METAL FIRE - Solo display of educational enamel exhibits in the Craft & Design Gallery Showcase. The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool - 23 October 2009 until Late 2010.

The Bluecoat Display Center, Liverpool 28 November / 11 January 2010


THE ENAMELS of ULLA HUTTUNEN & BSOE ENAMELLERS @ The Craft Museum of Finland in Jyvaskyla, Finland - 22nd December 2007 – 1st March

International Womens Day Conference | Showcase > Friday 7th March - 9.30pm till 4.00pm. - Held at ICDC, Edge Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside.

DESIGN SHOW LIVERPOOL - 19 / 22 June - Novas CUC Gallery, Liverpool

INSPIRATION - 3 June / 19 July - Design Ininitative @ Bleach HouseGallery, Cumbria.

8 for 08 - Autumn Showcase - MJMAN artist at FACT Liverpool


NURTURED An exhibition of jewels inspired by botanical forms - MJMAN group exhibition. Cetra Gallery, Heswal, Wirral from 7th / 28th June 07.
Liverpool Cathederal for the Flower Festival on the 28th / 30th June 07

MJMAN07 satellite exhibitions. MJMAN @ FACT up until the 15th of September.
MJMAN @ The London Carriage Works - 16th September from 10am - 4pm
SPARKLE07 - MJMAN Xmas exhibition - 5 / 9th of December. Renew Rooms, RIBA Offices, Wood Street, Liverpool.

OUT OF THE FIRE - Summer exhibition by the Brisitsh Society of Enamellers -18th August / 15th September 2007 The Oxfordshire Museum, Fletchers House, Park Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 15N.

MADE IN LIVERPOOL - 24 Nov / 5th Jan 2008 - The Bluecoat Display Center, Liverpool.

The Kenkavero Craft Gallery in Mikkeli, Finland – 9th September / 28th October
Kuopio Design Academy, Kupio, Finland – 5th November / 15th December 2007. The Craft Museum of Finland in Jyvaskyla, Finland – 22nd December 2007 / 1st March 2008


CONTEMPORARY JEWELS - Merseyside Jewellery and Metal Artists Network group exhibition at The Cetera Gallery, Heswall, Wirral. 28th April / 19th May 06

ART AIXE 2nd International exhibition of Enamel Art – 29th July / 15 August Open group exhibition Aixe Sur Vienne, France

OBJECTS OF DESIRE- Group exhibition of Work by Contemporary Applied Arts.
The Chapel Gallery Ormskirk Lancashire – 27th October / 25th November 2006

THE ART OF ENAMEL - BSOE - British Society of Enamellers group exhibition
The Trackside Gallery, Acton, London – 24th October / November 2006

SPARKLE 06 - MJMAN - Merseyside Jewellers And Metal Artist Network Xmas exhibition - RIBA Offices, Wood Street, Liverpool – 13th / 16th December 2006


Spanish Enamelist Society Exhibition- SALOU Spain - July.
Selected works by the BSOE at the invitation CIDAE.
Studio Fusion Xmas show – & work on permanent display
MJMAN @ The Raquet Club - Xmas show - The Hargreves Building, Liverpool

Please check my web site for exhibition lists from 2004 - 1987


The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool

I am an experienced self-employed designer maker. Specialising in vitreous enamel as a media I produce a variety of artefacts ranging in scale from contemporary jewelry and bespoke objects, to art of a domestic scale and larger pieces suitable for corporate or public display.

I graduated from Middlesex University (formerly Polytechnic) in 1987 with a BA Hons in Jewellery Design. As a student I was awarded the RSA Bursary Award in 1985 and the Platinum Award in 1987. Recently, September 2009, I was awarded a British Society of Enamellers Bursary to study large scale enamelling, with the aim of producing site specific artwork for public and private installation.

In 2006 I was commissioned by publishers A&C Black to compile a guide to enamelling techniques for their Jewellery handbook series. Last year, in 2009, as a follow on project, The Walker Gallery in Liverpool, commissioned a display of my enamels under the title GLASS METAL FIRE, for an educational showcase in their Craft & Design Gallery. The display comprises of several different methods of enamelling and illustrates the progression of a piece through step by step samples.
The exhibit is on show until Winter 2010.

2009 BSOE Bursary - Awarded for the study of Large Scale Enamels for public / private art installation.
1987 The Platinum Award
I won the section for innovative design and was also commended for commercial potential and standard of craftsmanship.
1985 The Royal Society Of Arts Bursary Award
I won a bursary award for travel. I used my bursary to visit Enamellers and Jewellers in Vienna. I was also awarded a prize of De Beers Diamonds.

2004 I was commissioned to write a “how to” book on enamelling for A&C Black, now finalized and published as of SEPTEMBER 2006
2002 I wrote a "how to" article for an online enamel magazine hosted by Allan Heywood Australia.
2002 My work was featured in " Enamelling on Precious Metals" by Jeanne Werge Hartley. Published by The Crowood Press
2001 The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool. I worked with the gallery, demonstrating enamel techniques and producing samples for exhibition display. Images are now on permanent video display in “Craft & Design”


DESIGNER MAKER : I design and make enamels for gallery exhibitions / sales and exhibit my work nationally and internationally. My work is stocked at the Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool and Studio Fusion, London.
OUTWORKER : I provide an enamelling service in a range of techniques for jewellery and small works including champleve / cloisonné and painted enamel miniatures. In addition to this I now also offer enamels as artworks for private/public installation. I regularly work with small manufactures as an outworker, offering a bespoke provision. I work to tight deadlines often turning work out at urgent request to a high specification.
LECTURER : I have taught a variety of art & design subjects at FE and HE across all post 16 levels from entry level / community out reach groups to BA Hons courses, via part time post held at Southport College and the University of Central Lancashire. I currently teach freelance, my most recent events being held at as an invited tutor on workshops to Manchester College and also with workshops organised for the British Society of Enamellers and The Guild of Enamellers.

MEMBERSHIP : I am a full member of the British Society of Enamellers (BSOE) & Merseyside Jewellers & Metal Artist Network. Between 2003 – 2008 I was secretary for the BSOE. I have worked with both organisations in the setting up of exhibitions. Notably, in 2007/08 I helped the Finnish enameller Ulla Huttunen co-ordinate a touring exhibition of British Enamels to prestigious galleries in Finland. I am also a member of MJMAN ( Merseyside Jewellers ) / ACJ ( Association of Contemproaray Jewellers ) / IPG ( Institute of Professional Goldsmiths ) plus Design Initaiative and Visual Arts for Business.


31 October - One day workshop - leaf & foils - Edinburgh Guild of Enamellers
May - 3 x Oneday workshops - Btec Jewellery Design Students - Manchester College.
11 May - Making small enamel panels - BSOE event at the Shreswbury Guild Studio
17 / 20 April - Precious Leaf & Foil workshop - Guild of Enamellers Conference York
6th March - One day workshop - Introduction to enamels - Year 10 students - Merchant Taylors High School, Merseyside
14th March - One day workshop - Region 3 Enamellers Guild Meeting held at Merchant Taylors High School, Merseyside.

May - Invited tutor BSOE Oned ay workshop @ Shrewsbury Guild Studio - Working with leaf & foil
July - Invited tutor Guild Workshops @ Merchant Taylors High School Liverpool - Painted Enamel Techniques
September - Guild of Enamellers One day Workshop - Shrewsbury Guild Studio - Cloisonne techniques

January - Invited Tutor - One day enamelling workshop St. Helen's College, Merseyside
April - Invited tutor to The Guild of Enamellers Conference in Exeter.
August - Invited tutor with Pat Johnson to Summer School week at West Dean College.

1995–2005 Southport College Part time Lecturer Art & Design
I taught part time on the Modular Access Program and Access To Training courses in the Department of Humanities / SLDD provision, where I taught a range of levels within the Open College of the North West Frame Work, from Start Up level through to Stage A / GCSE equivalent.

Additionally within the Art Department, I taught outreach day courses in art/craft skills and basic Jewellery making skills as an evening course. I also worked as a cover tutor, on an “ad hoc” basis.

1988–2005 University of Central Lancashire - Preston
Visiting Lecturer – Jewellery Design / Enamelling
Since 1988 I have taught short 6 / 10 / 30 week courses in Jewellery, covering a range of subjects including ; Contemporary Jewellery Design, Enamelling, General workshop / basic jewellery making skills, and Digital Design using Adobe PhotoShop on the BA Hon’s 3D Design Degree Course.

1986 - College Placement with Alan Mudd & Keith Seldon Enamels Partnership. London.
1986 - College placement - worked with the props department of the BBC - made a piece of jewellery for the show and advised actors on the Eastenders Series. Ellstree Studios, London.

2008/9 City & Guilds Web Page Design - Level 2 - Southport College - Pass
1999 - 2000 GCSE Computer Graphic Design – Grade A - Southport College
1996/7 - 740 City & Guilds Certificate in Continuing Professional Development - City of Liverpool Community College Bankfield Center, Liverpool.
1994/5 - 730 City & Guilds Further And Adult Education Teacher’s Certificate - Southport College
1983 – 1987 Middlesex University London -BA Hon’s Jewellery Design – Grade 2:1
1981 – 1983 DATEC Diploma General Art & Design - Southport College
Grade: All elements passed with merit. Gained distinction in final projects.

2008 / 09 / 10 Currently studying - Non toxic PRINTMAKING - VariousTechniques @ The Bluecoat, Print Department , Liverpool

2007 - 10 week life drawing class - Organised by Liverpool John Moores University. Held at the Tate Gallery Liverpool.
2006 – One day BSOE Symposium held at the London Metropolitan University. Speakers Simon Fraiser / Marjory Simons / Christine Rew / Elizabeth Turrel
2005 – Separate One day workshops with tutors Vladimir Bohm & Hali Baykov
2005 – Three day Enamel Workshop at the London Metropolitan University – Tutor Dale Devereaux Barker
2004 – One day Enamel Symposium held at the London Metropolitan University – Speakers, Jane short / Elizabeth Turrel / Amal Gosh and Robert Ebendorf
2003 – Association of Contemporary Jewellers Conference Manchester. Series of speakers over week event
2002 – Five day Enamel Workshop at the UWE Bristol – tutors Sarah Perkins & Elizabeth Turrel
2000 – International Workshops and Symposium at The University of The west of England UWE Bristol - Series of speakers plus workshop with Tutors Elizabeth Turrell & Gretchen Goss
1998 – The British Society of Enameller’s Workshops and Conference held at West Dean. Series of speakers over weekend including Pat Johnson, Elizabeth Turrel, Phill Barnes & Alex Raphael.

More Images

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Urban series | pendants - enamel on silver
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Cloisonne Necklace - enamel on silver
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Winter - salt dish - 10cm diam - enamel on silver