The process of enameling is cohesively defined as glass bonded to a metal surface with the application of heat. Artists in this exhibition have experimented with additional techniques far beyond the basics and report numerous firings and many years of fine tuning their craft to become leaders in the enamalist community. They are represented in galleries and collections nationally and internationally. In addition many of them continue to play significant roles in The Enamalist Society and the National Enamalist Guild.
Many artists have been selected by curator Trudi Van Dyke:
Janly Jaggard’s work is represented by a diptych of abstract images with three dimensional embellishment presented in an appealing color palette that enhances the depth of the work beyond the surface.
Norma Wangel’s framed work encompasses both traditional still life and abstract.
Ute Conrad is exhibiting both two and three dimensional pieces. Her sculptural bowl form is unique with its protruding extensions which provide an intriguing counterbalance for the viewer.
Ann Citron’s enameling work amounts to two distinctly different bodies of work which are represented in this exhibition.
Don Viehman has provided a pair of spectacular earring in cloisonné which demonstrate the international acclaim that his work receives. Resplendent in a vibrant color palette and worked with 24K gold cloisonné wire and a fine silver base.
Kathy Kelly Bransford creates enamel work that includes wall pieces, bowls, plates, sculptures and functional pieces. She has studied her craft for many years and has taken traditional enameling techniques and chosen to go the next step.
Pat Peat O’Neil has provided the exhibition with two examples of abstract enameled paintings. With many years honing her skills and sharing them through teaching and mentorships it is an honor to have examples of this artist’s work.
Eileen Lorenz is intrigued by the constant demand required for technical competency to create as an enamalist. Her work is notable for it’s strong elements of contrast as transparent enamels edge up to opaque and glossy surfaces complement textured areas.
Ray Parisi has adopted enameling as a second career for the past 15 years. Noting a broad background in the arts he has not limited himself to one particular technique in enameling. His work in this exhibition includes both a wall pieces as well as distinctive pieces of jewelry in the Plique-A-Jour technique.