Vitreous enamel on copper with glass bead, 2″ diameter approx
Enameling is not a slow media– until the artist waits for the heat of the 1500 ̊ F. kiln to rearrange the glass on the copper. And because the glass forms a gooey orange-hot mass, the artist can’t know what the heat has done until the piece cools. This process was repeated several times until the layers of glacier colors opened to randomly reveal the layers beneath, like peeking into the glacier’s crevasse.
From about age 12, when I learned how to fuse glass to copper, the process has fascinated. In maturity, the designs of opaque and transparent glasses became more sophisticated as I surrendered to the unexpectedness of the heat effects, kiln-firing to 1500 ̊ F. After hand finishing the copper to velvety smooth, and mounted or strung with elegantly mismatched beads resulting in statement jewelry, colorful if not exuberant– and every piece a unique unduplicable work of art. Commissions are available, and guaranteed to please.