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Hi.I'm a complete newbie, I've never enameled anything yet, but I'd like to make enameled objects for fun and potentially profit.I have some ideas involving transparent glass on a chrome base.In the book I have "The Art of Enameling" by Linda Darty…Continue
Started by Richard Rogalewski. Last reply by Janet Flecher Dec 4.
bonjour 35 years ago I worked a lot with enamels and did some plique à jour. I was used to fire those works on a mica sheet.I have 2 questions : The first one is about the following videoon this video, the enamelist holds the wing up instead of…Continue
Started by Francoise Zainal. Last reply by Janet Flecher Dec 2.
Because of the situation where the enamel will be placed I can't fire it. Isn't there anyway that enamel can be poured. I really doubt it but thought I would give it a try. Or is there something as beautiful as enamel that can be poured. Again I…Continue
Started by George Van Amber. Last reply by Francoise Zainal Dec 2.
I am interested in a kiln for enamels primarily, but at some point I may want to do PMC.Is there a kiln for both. I have seen ads for kilns that say they do both, but I wonder if they do. Thank you,Mary RoseContinue
Started by Mary Rose. Last reply by Francoise Zainal Nov 26.
Hi friends,I've read in the Thompson Enamel Workbook that you can enamel on aluminum, and I was wondering if anyone had tried this and what their experience was. The Workbook states that it should be 3003 type of aluminum, and that you should fire…Continue
Started by Diana Wieler. Last reply by Diana Wieler Oct 22.
Does anyone know an enamelist in or near WV who could take my class? Last minute changes prevent me from going. It would be worth it to travel a distance if you can get the time off - it pays well. (i have been doing it for a couple of years and I…Continue
Started by Catherine Crowe Oct 14.
These featured selections of Enamel Art are from our Members.
Posted by Trish White on November 21, 2013 at 7:57am
Posted by Trish White on October 20, 2013 at 5:00am
I was born in Newark, New Jersey in March 1947. I come from a family of Italian immigrants to this country, via Ellis Island. I spent my formative years in Newark and in Union, New Jersey.
I graduated from Caldwell College in Caldwell, New Jersey (1971) where I received my Bachelors degree in Studio Art. My early influences at the college level were Ugo Omeleto Giannini and Sister Gerardine. From them I learned oil and water color painting, calligraphy and much more. Mostly they taught me to critically look at my work and remain open to possibilities.
I earned my masters degree in Special Education for children with emotional problems from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1974. I taught in Oswego, Mexico and Palmyra, New York. During the course of a 33 year teaching career I wrote a book, Pipe Dreams: One Teacher’s Journey. It chronicled the first 8 years of my teaching career working with children with autism.
During my teaching tenure I owned and operated a small jewelry store, One Oak Jewelry, from 1985-1991, with my husband and artistic collaborator, Dan McClure.
I was introduced to enameling by Dan in 1982 when he was taking metal smithing classes at Oswego University in Oswego, New York. We had both started to cast jewelry using the lost wax method (centrifugal) at that point. Although Dan had never enameled he knew I loved color because my main love was painting and drawing. He suggested I might want to give it a try.
I bought myself a small kiln, some supplies from a distributor and in 1982 began my adventures in enameling. I was instantly mesmerized watching glass go molten in the kiln. Armed with almost no information, I began to enamel. I didn’t know what stilts were at that point or how they were used. I only knew that I was in love with enamels.
I managed to connect with Thompson enamels and began receiving their publication, Glass on Metal, in 1982. I remember thinking... ‘am I practicing the same art as these enamelists?’ The work seemed so intricate and amazingly beautiful. I must admit I felt intimidated. I immediately felt a deep attraction to the work of the late, Fred Ball. I even thought his epic piece, ‘The Way Home’ was on the side of the Thompson Enamel Building! I slowly began reading, acquiring many books on enameling, including Fred’s book, Experiments in Enamel. I learned through experimentation and through taking workshops in enamel with Katherine Wood and Tom Ellis. Every workshop I take, everything I learn adds to my increase in understanding of vitreous enamel.
As the years have progressed Dan and I have combined our work as artists and are now with ARTISANworks in Rochester, New York. We have been working with Louis Perticone since 2010 where we produce large sculptural pieces in wood and glass on metal. All our work combines those 3 elements: wood, glass and metal.
Carosella Garden Chairs
Enamel Top on the Wood finial in between the chairs -
Finial Top side view
I am one fortunate enamelist since Dan’s technical skills in metal and wood have afforded me support about those 3 mediums. He is my go-to for information on tools, equipment and my closest collaborator. We also attend art shows in the upstate New York, area. We have attended Chautauqua, Sonnenberg Arts in the Garden as well as other known local art shows. We both retired from teaching in 2008 after 60 collective years in public schools. We manage to play about 10 shows during the course of a year as well as sculpt major pieces for ARTISANworks.
In 2009, Rainmaker Designs (the name of our business) received the ‘hottest new product’ award from The Rochester Home & Garden Show in Rochester, New York for our Carosello Garden Chair which incorporates a finial of vitreous enamel.
Wood Planters with inlaid enamel
Music Stand with inlaid Enamel
Wood Privacy Screen with Enamel Panels
Blue Heron - Enamel Panels on Wood Burl
I have learned from visiting Thompson Enamels and meeting Tom Ellis that there is room at the table for many enamelists. I consider myself an experimental enamelist although I have done my share of cloisonne as well as plique-a-jour. An enamelist must have control and understanding of the materials being used. My greatest enamel adventure was visiting Sacramento where I saw the monumental work of Fred Ball, confirming to me that his work is not on the side wall of Thompson Enamels! To this day I have photographs of his epic mural above my kilns and ask for inspiration, and a spirit of openness to guide me.
FOR THOSE OF YOU unfamiliar with this technique of Enamel Art
PLEASE allow me to re-introduce Master Artist
Mauricette Pinoteau is an enamelist living in Limoges. She specializes in relief technique, she learned this technique at the very famous " Atelier Camille Fauré "in Limoges ,during the 70's .
Mauricette is one of the only two living enamelists that studied with the Masters the secret of the relief technique.
Today she masters this almost magical style of enameling wich seems to defy the logic of enamelling.
She works and sells her work in her own gallery in the same town of Limoges.
Mauricette has provided us with a file to watch how this technique is done.
Also, go to Notebook 1, "Fauré Techniques" to read all about Camille Fauré and his studio.
FINALIST IN SAUL BELL COMPETITION
THE 2ND TIME AROUND!
HE BETTER WIN!
Mark had 5 pieces accepted into the prestigious Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers in London. The Exhibition is from Oct. 15-27th, 2013 at the Mall Galleries, London, England.
here is a link to their website http://www.royal-miniature-society.org.uk/Exhibition.html.
The Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers was founded in 1896 by Alyn Williams who was the first President, a position he occupied until 1898, and then again from 1908 until 1941. The Society's Inaugural Exhibition, held in 1896 in the Modern Gallery was the first to be devoted exclusively to contemporary miniatures and was an immediate success. King Edward VII granted the Royal Charter in 1905. In 1926 the RMS extended its welcome to other forms of miniature art. Recognition of this wider scope was officially confirmed when Sculptors and Gravers were added to its name by Royal Command of King George V.
The Society's aims are to Esteem, Protect and Practice the traditional 16th century art of miniature painting emphasizing the infinite patience needed for its fine techniques.
Patron HRH The Prince of Wales KG, KT, GCB, OM
President Elizabeth Meek PRMS,PPSWA, FRSA
This is the first exhibition for Mark. He came back to enameling in 2010 and spent two years developing a way to make enamel boxes. An interesting note to the miniature entry is that these pieces have been placed in the Sculpture category. Perhaps due to being 3 dimensional, but then who can ever guess what the jurors are thinking.
Let's give Mark a standing ovation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Ganoksin Project
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Jewelry Manufacturing Methods and Techniques
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 2013
Ganoksin is pleased to announce its fourth annual International Online Jewelry Exhibition.
This year's theme will be "Changing Hues: Color Embraced by Metalsmiths Around the World."
The exhibition is open to all metalsmiths, professional and amateur, advanced and beginner, around the world.
The exhibition is seeking works whose primary theme is color, whether that be using colored materials, exploring creating colored surfaces, or encasing the object in color. Works should be aboutÂ COLORÂ - not color as an accent or focal point, but with color embraced as their primary visual focus.
Works where color is not the primary visual element will be rejected.
As this is an online exhibition the work will only be seen via the photographs metalsmiths submit. It is therefore vital that these be in focus, on a neutral background (preferably not textured), and do an excellent job allowing the viewer to really see the piece and the workmanship involved. Any photographs not meeting exhibition standards will not be used, and the submitting metalsmith will be asked to re-submit the entry with a higher quality of photograph. Works will be juried by the curator and director.
As this is an online exhibition the work will only be seen via the photographs metalsmiths submit. It is therefore vital that these be in focus, on a neutral background (preferably not textured), and do an excellent job allowing the viewer to really see the piece and the workmanship involved.
Photographs not meeting these criteria will not be accepted, regardless of the quality of the work itself.
Any photographs not meeting exhibition standards will not be used, and the submitting metalsmith will be asked to re-submit the entry with a higher quality of photograph. Works will be juried by the curator and director.
The exhibition will be curated by Beth Wicker, President of the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths, and Adjunct Instructor at Northeastern Technical College in South Carolina, USA. Director of the exhibition is Hanuman Aspler, founder of The Ganoksin Project, the world's largest internet jewelry site.
Entries will be accepted from now until February 15, 2014
Details and entry information is available at
Please contact Beth Wicker at http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/contact with any questions.