If it’s beauty excites… I see it on my customers faces….that’s enough for me”
“My work is not laden with words, no metaphysical or philosophical explanations and pontifications…there is simply light, colour, depth and beauty….if it is resolved, If it’s beauty excites… I see it on my customers faces….that’s enough for me”
Sasha Leon started her post-school life as a student of law. It was never her wish but represented the aspirations, well intentioned, of others.
“I love working in three dimensions, I love colour and I love glass”. After ditching law Sasha trained as a goldsmith and then studied at UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art majoring in sculpture. “I was most fortunate to have Bruce Arnott and Gavin Younge as my sculpture teachers. I sold my first sculpture in my final year at Michaelis to a friend who would not take no for an answer…even though we were not allowed to sell our student work!”
Sasha works from her home studio looking out over Table Mountain where she lives with her husband two children dog Molly and cat Pudding. Sasha looks forward to hearing from you. She offers clients patient attention and care understanding that purchasing jewllery & art is a very personal matter. If you are in Cape Town she will welcome you to her studio for coffee, cookies & rusks from hmmm!
In addition to owning Sasha Leon Sculpture & Jewellery she also is a member of staff & lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town teaching techniques of vitreous enamelling to students in the Jewellery Department.
Crafting pieces of jewellery by hand Sasha fashions gold, silver & precious stones to create individual items of great beauty. Her flagship range of South African flora and fauna is especially delightful and inviting, a pleasure to wear and a treat to show off.
Along with her teacher Valerie Twentyman-Jones, Sasha is a sought after enamellist in Cape Town receiving requests to enamel from jewellers and goldsmiths from all over South Africa including top Cape Town jewellery house Uwe Koetter.
Sasha loves working with enamel on precious metals. The beauty of the brilliant vibrant colours and textures of vitreous enamel on jewellery is unrivalled. Vitreous enamel starts out as finely crushed glass which is then fused to 18ct gold or silver by firing in a kiln at 800 degrees centigrade leaving an exquisite coloured hard glass finish bonded with the metal. Enamel can be fired on non-precious metals too. Sasha recently collaborated with renowned metal artist Nicolas Lehmann in the production of enamelled butterflies for a client’s home staircase balustrade.
Sasha is always eager to learn more enamelling skills and to this end is most priviledged to be receiving personal advanced training from world renowned English enamellist Ruth Ball whose work is beyond stunningly beautiful.
Sasha sculpts in bronze, white cement, exotic wood and steel. She sculpts figures and reliefs that when complete gently arouses one’s feelings and senses. Her work leaves you with a sense of comfort, ease and jovial satisfaction. Her work neither shouts at nor shocks the viewers for their attention.
Goldsmith, Enamellist & Sculptor
1986 – Present (28 years) Cape Town
Director & Owner, Goldsmith, Enamellist & Sculptor
Lecturer in Enamelling including Vitreous Enamel
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
1997 – Present (17 years) Cape Town, South Africa
Teaching the skills and delight of enamelling techniques including Cloisonné, Champlevé, Plique A Jour, Grisaille & Painting to eager creative jewellery students
Lecturer in Jewellery Design
1990 – 1993, Cape Town, South Africa
1986 – 1987, Harare, Zimbabwe
1985, Grahamstown, South Africa
Honours & Awards
Offered the MacIver Art Bursary for Post Graduate Studies by UCT (Masters Degree)
University of Cape Town 1984
University of Cape Town, Michaelis School of Fine Art
BA FA (Fine Art), Sculpture Major
1981 – 1984
Republic of South Africa Department of Labour
Diploma in Precious Metal Working & Mounting including Diamond Mounting, Goldsmithing & Jewellery Making
Carmel School Pretoria
Cape Town Tourism http://www.capetown.travel/
Michaelis School of Fine Art http://www.michaelis.uct.ac.za/
Table Mountain http://www.tablemountain.net/
hmmm! Taste & Flavours Confectionery http://www.hmmmtasteandflavours.co.za/
Ruth Ball Enamel + design
Uwe Koetter Jewellery Design Cape Town South Africa
The Forge Nicolas Lehmann