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We are all in this together! Enameled work created in Radical Enameling workshop taught by Melissa Saneholtz, fall 2017.

As you know, enamel artists are an inventive, passionate, determined bunch. We have to be, to pursue this medium that is technically demanding, that sometimes feels overlooked and obscure, but which has tremendous power. And we thrive on community–the community of classrooms, shared studios, craft fairs, and online.

As the online enameling community grows, and people seek out fresh imagery, old secrets, and new opportunities, we are excited to be part of that growth by expanding the scope and reach of our blog. As always, we will use this space to explore issues pertinent to contemporary enameling today, and to share the work of enamel artists — we’ll just be doing it a little more loudly, a little more often.

We welcome your work and ideas. Exchanging work, insights and ideas helps keep enameling vital and evolving. That’s part of the mission of our blog. Your blog editor loves to find your work in her inbox — email her at gro.r1513394704etnec1513394704leman1513394704e@gol1513394704b1513394704. We also have a terrific Instagram feed at @centerforenamelart.

In that spirit, here are a few images sent along by our readers recently.

Squished Tanky, enamel, copper, silver, nickel.

Squished Guard, copper, silver, nickel, enamel, cord.

Aaron Decker, a newly minted MFA grad from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, constructed and enameled these killer jewelry pieces inspired by his childhood toys. Each a few inches across, they were just shown at ornamentum gallery at Design Miami. Above, a brooch and a necklace from the series “Glass Cannon.” More of Aaron’s work is at his website, aa214.com, and on his instagram, aaronpdecker.

Jay Leritz, who showed at the Philadelphia Museum Craft Show in November, sent along a detail shot of a large wall piece made from enameled steel. Find Leritz on Instagram, @jay_leritz

 

And we loved the mixed-materials approach from ARTISANworks by Rainmaker Designs, who make large sculptures from carved wood and metal, inlaid with enameled pieces.

Music stand, wood and enamel on copper, Rainmaker Designs

Find more Rainmaker work here.

The enamel community is vibrant, strong, and growing. We are thrilled to be a part of it, and to be building it with you.

Enameling Recycled Steel for Jewelry and Objects – a workshop with Melissa Cameron

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Are you the magpie always collecting bits of rusty steel on the street? Are there bits of magnetic metal in your studio that you’ve tucked away, swearing that one day you’ll clean them up to make a masterpiece? Bring your rusty recycled bits and bobs to The Crucible in Oakland to learn the skills to turn these into beautiful and unique jewels.

This class will involve diagnosing scrap metals to find their suitability for enameling, proper enamel-on-steel surface preparation, liquid and sifted enamel application, trivet modifications (with titanium wire), and firing tips for steel. It will also include design tips for getting the most out of the enamel parts and to assist each participant in making their found pieces into wearable jewels and beautiful objects.

Attempts to Kill -vitreous enamel, recycled steel tortilla pan, titanium, stainless steel

There is great narrative potential with steel and enamel, owing to steel’s strength and durability over the other enamel metals. It can be used over much larger expanses, while remaining unexpectedly light. Steel is a chameleon, able to be used in luscious, precious looking works and the complete opposite, textured and dramatic displays, all able to be supplemented by the natural decay of steel. These inherent characteristics add richness to the colors and effects of enamel, and make it the ideal contemporary jewelry and object material.

 

Melissa Cameron was born in Perth, Australian in 1978. (BA interior architecture, Curtin University, Perth, 2002, MFA and metalsmithing, Monash University, Melbourne, 2009) She relocated to Seattle in 2012.

Melissa’s works have been exhibited worldwide and are in several prestigious collections. She has participated in enamel residencies in the UK and Germany and the Penland Winter Residency in the US and her pieces are featured in Jewel Book, Art Jewelry Today 3 and Lark Books’ 500 Silver Jewelry Designs, as well as the upcoming Tales from the Toolbox: Narrative Jewellery, edited by Mark Fenn. She is the recipient of multiple grants from the Australia Council for the Arts and a Fellowship grant from Artist Trust in Seattle. She has presented papers at many conferences and symposia. Her writing appears on Art Jewelry Forum. She currently serves on the Metalsmith Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee.

Melissa regularly teaches workshops  in Seattle, and was one of two featured enamelists teaching and presenting at the Enamel Guild Northeast Conference in 2015.

She recently won a best of show award for her pieces in the 2017 Alchemy 4 exhibition sponsored by the Enamelist Society.

Workshop Hours:

Wednesday – Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM , with meal breaks

Cost: $425 plus $20 materials fee

Materials List: Provided upon registration or when ready

Registration: Limited to 12

Refund Policy: No refunds unless your workshop position can be filled by another person.

Lodging, Meals, Transportation:

Coming from out of town? Check AirBnB, Priceline, and other discounted online lodging sources, The Center will try help you make your stay comfortable and stress free while you are a workshop participant.

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Getting Started

This is the second in a series of guest posts by the enamel artist Kat Cole. The post was previously published on her blog. 


blog post 2 image 1I have made large enameled work previously, but I have always felt handicapped by the size of the kiln available. Scale and proportion decisions had to be made based on the interior dimensions of the kiln.  More than once, I thought a piece would fit in the kiln only to realize Read More →

Project Crossroads

This is the first in a series of blog posts by the enamel artist Kat ColeCole, who has been making distinctive enameled steel jewelry, met Center for Enamel Art founder Judy Stone last year when Cole taught a Radical Enameling workshop for the Center. Stone encouraged Cole to explore the expanded use of industrial materials in her work, and connected her to KVO Industries, a partner of the Center for Enamel Art, where Cole created a large sculptural piece. Cole’s posts, which she is also sharing on her own blog, give insight into her practice and process as she brings a new scale to her work.


blog 1 image 1New things are happening in the studio.  Actually, it is a new studio, acquired to make room for a very large new project.

For almost ten years I have been exploring the often complex relationship between vitreous enamel and steel.   I love the variability of the steel alloys I use in my work as they bond with the enamel in the kiln.  One of my key interests in steel is the ability to shift scale from the minute to the monumental. Read More →

Art and the Enamel Industry w/ Kat Cole

We are thrilled to introduce a series of guest posts by the enamel artist Kat Cole.

Cole, who has been making distinctive enameled steel jewelry, met Center for Enamel Art founder Judy Stone last year when Cole taught a Radical Enameling workshop for the Center. Stone encouraged Cole to explore the expanded use of industrial materials in her work, and connected her to KVO Industries, a partner of the Center for Enamel Art, where Cole created a large sculptural piece. Cole’s posts give insight into her practice and process as she brings a new scale to her work.

We will begin republishing her entries next week. Join us, and her, as she learns to think big!


A Little History

Edward Winter Mexico

Edward Winter, “Mexico,” enamel, 1940. Cleveland Museum of Art

Enameling–technically defined as glass bonded to metal–can take many forms. Read More →