Sylvia Ballerini

Hand-formed, vitreous enamelled (kiln fired) copper earrings

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Sylvia Ballerini gained a Bachelor of Arts (Craft) from Monash University studying flat and warm glass, ceramics and silversmithing. Since then, Sylvia has pursued her passion for creative arts, completing many short courses and explored acrylic painting under the guidance of Howard Arkely. Sylvia also gained an Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology Jewellery and a Diploma of Visual Arts, Painting from Melbourne Polytechnic. She completed an RMIT masterclass, Enamel Surfaces – Add & Subtract, with British enamellist, Elizabeth Turrell. Her brooch, Serenity, was shortlisted in the Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award 2013. Colour and texture are paramount in her work. She is fascinated by the myriad of pattern and texture in her surrounds and this features in her work. She manipulates copper, fine silver and sterling silver. Her pieces are then etched and embellished with kiln-fired vitreous enamel, encapsulating fragments of her world.