Hi everyone

Its been far too long between blog posts, I have been (literally) to China and back!

I spent the majority of October on ships in Asia, I went from Shanghai to Osaka to Fukuoka to South Korea to Shanghai to Naha to Taipei to Hong Kong…….it was exhausting, exhilarating and inspiring

I took this photo from the deck of the ship whilst sailing out of Shanghai.  One of my favorite buildings is the Oriental Pearl Tower, its particularly beautiful in the evenings when it changes color.
An obligatory “Up Shot” from the deck of the ship, taken in high wind!

Whilst in Taipei I was fascinated by these amazing doors at the Taipei War Memorial.  Red symbolizes good luck and joy in Asian culture and there is so much of it everywhere, which made me very happy and I found very inspiring.

I took this in Osaka, everyone was riding bikes.  I was particularly inspired by this old man who was so fit and agile.  I love riding my bike and I hope I am like that when I am 80 :)

In Hong Kong I had with dinner with an old friend Guy and he took me to a fantastic restaurant called Hutong on the Kowloon side. This is chicken in whole chillis…HOT HOT HOT and delicious.  This meal was the perfect accompaniment to the nightly laser show from the top of the Hong Kong  buildings.

Many years ago when I was an apprentice to a master, one of the techniques we studied was enamel, which is the process of baking glass at high temperature in a kiln until it liquifies.  I have always been fascinated by Plique A Jour which is when the enamel is locked into the framework  rather than on the surface of the metal, creating a translucent stained glass effect and have always wanted to incorporate this into my jewelry.  After much trial and error we discovered this technique lends itself perfectly to the crownwork and has allowed me to produce one of my favorite lines to date.

Obviously my Asian trip inspired me, the red adds a richness to the jewelry


We got some great press this month, big thanks to InStyle, Veranda and JCK

http://www.jckonline.com/blogs/style-360/2011/10/18/get-to-know-ray-griffiths-ray-griffiths-fine-jewelry

I can’t believe its Thanksgiving next week, I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday and I hope to see you somewhere soon

Ray