Australian Masked Owl – cloisonné enamel brooch
The masked owl is mostly found around the coastal areas of mainland Australia and Tasmania but may be seen up to 300kms inland. They nest in the hollows of trees and feed on small mammals. Their conservation status is ‘vulnerable’.
Enameling is a very labour intensive process. The transparent enamels in this brooch were applied and fired between 20-30 times. Building up colours slowly and carefully is what makes cloisonné enamel jewellery shimmer.
For a more detailed description of the process please refer to the Techniques section at the bottom of the home page.