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Cloisonne enamel art is being revived in Georgia

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 01:46

Jewellery artists in the Georgian capital city Tbilisi are reviving traditional cloisonne enamel art form abandoned at the end of the 15th century. Jayson Mansaray reports.

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Jewellery artists in the Georgian capital city Tbilisi are reviving the cloisonne enamel art tradition. Abandoned for over five hundred years the intricate trade has seen a revival in the last two decades. Made by inlaying enamel into copper, silver, or gold the signature glassy coating is created by melting powders of various metals. Using a highly skilled production technique that can't be taught in a hurry. (SOUNDBITE) (Georgian) Artist, Thea Gurgenidze, saying: "This is called 'kvevri', a traditional wine jar. It is one of the more complex designs. A week of learning is not enough to create such a piece. It could take months to learn the processes. Its shape is what makes it more difficult to make because it has several parts." At the 'Ornament' gallery and school in Tbilisi rings, pendants and icons can be found. All made in the traditional way, albeit with some modern ingenuity. (SOUNDBITE) (Georgian) Artist, Thea Gurgenidze, saying: "Today our methods of creation are almost exactly the same as they were between the 8th and 15th centuries. The technique has been simplified, but of course, it is still hand-made. We are using modern tools, for example instead of the old technique of polishing with stone we use sandpaper." An art form abandoned at the end of the 15th Century cloisonne enamel art is in the midst of a 21st Century revival.

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Cloisonne enamel art is being revived in Georgia

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 01:46