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Garden Party Fundraiser : Online Auction

Garden Party Fundraiser : Online Auction
Saturday 13th May 2017 - Saturday 15th July

All money raised will go towards the Bluecoat Display Centre’s Garden Party fundraiser on Sunday 16th July, 1pm – 5pm in the Bluecoat garden, which is in aid of our charitable outreach projects. To take part, simply send your bid via email stating clearly which piece you would like including the number, together with your name and contact details before 4.30pm on Saturday 15th July. You can also drop by to leave a sealed bid anytime before or during the event.

Please see below for more information about the auction pieces, and suggested valuations, and for more pictures please click on the ‘gallery’ tab above. If you would like more information about the event or any of the items listed here please contact the Bluecoat Display Centre.

We would like to express our gratitude to all of the artists who have so kindly donated work for this auction and also for the raffle – for which tickets are now on sale at the centre.



1. Ruth Ball 

Brooch, silver and enamel with fine gold foils

Technique: champleve and cloisonne enamelling

Size: 6 x 1 cm

Valuation: £285

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This brooch comes from the In Season 1998/9 collection, a body of work inspired primarily by found natural forms and seasonal colours. The theme of this collection is reflected wonderfully in this piece, which demonstrates a painterly style of rich autumnal hues flecked with gold accents.

Each of Ruth Ball’s pieces is unique due to the nature of her technique, she currently works only to commission and jewellery is sold out on her website, so we are very grateful that she has kindly donated such a beautiful example of her work. An opportunity not to be missed!


2. Rebecca Gouldson

Wall Piece, mixed metals

Technique: Etching, stamping, rolling, scribing, plating, chemical patination

Size: 24.8 cm diameter

Valuation: £400

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Since undertaking a residency at Liverpool Hope University, Rebecca Gouldson has remained in Liverpool and regularly shows her work internationally. Her work has an architectural quality and is often inspired by old buildings and urban and natural landscapes, though her narrative style is subtle and is left open to interpretation. This piece beautifully fuses a sleek contemporary feel with an evoked sense of history, the depth and richness of colour is created by the use of varied metal colouring and finishing techniques. Made for Collect at Saatchi Gallery, London, this piece was created in response to historic seafaring journeys using maritime archives, nautical charts and maps. We are delighted to have been given this beautiful piece for our fundraiser.


3. Hugh Miller

Coffee Caddie, British elm with walnut and brass detail

Technique: A combination of Western and Japanese woodworking/cabinetry techniques

Size: 9.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm

Valuation: £195

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Having trained as an architect, Hugh Miller is now an applied artist focussing on furniture and woodwork, though his architectural training along with influential time spent in Japan is evident in his work and underpins his design ethos, which is manifested in a commitment to quality, intricate detail, and locally sourced materials. This beautifully crafted coffee caddie is part of a range of smaller pieces, a collection entitled The Coffee Ceremony. With a cleverly secured lid and contrasting elm and walnut wood, this piece perfectly represents the unfailing attention to detail Hugh gives to all of his work, and successfully marries together the utilitarian and decorative aspects of his craft. We are thrilled to be auctioning this generously donated piece.


4. Miranda Sharpe

Petri Nugget Earrings, Silver nugget studs with enameled circular drop – engraved silver, transparent vitreous enamel and 24ct gold foil

Technique: Traditional hand enamelling

Size: 2.7 x 1.6 cm

Valuation: £120


Miranda Sharpe uses abstraction and simple lines to create her beautiful designs, she takes inspiration from the natural world in widely varying themes, from feathers to microscopic images – these earrings are from the collection entitled Petri. The lustrous blue of the enamel is accented with 24ct gold foil, through a sensitive modulation of colour they catch the eye and are eminently wearable. The silver nugget stud is fixed with a standard post and scroll fastening. A generously donated addition to our auction, we are pleased to have such a stunning example of Miranda’s work on offer.

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