Enamel on copper
Few artists’ media rely as closely on the elements as enameling; The vitreous enamel, a form of glass, starts as quartz and lime sand. With the addition of certain metals and salts colored glass is created. In this piece it is gold for the reds and sulfur for the ambers. Some of the rosy gold of the pure copper substrate is preserved and a silver-embedded red bead added to depict “Earth’s Fire.”
In a little hotplate on the kitchen table at age 12, Paula Sinclair learned to fuse glass to copper. Self-taught and matured, she now designs statement necklaces. With transparent and opaque vitreous enamels fired at 1500° F. or more into a gooey orange-hot mass, she surrenders to the unexpectedness of the heat effects. Her transparent enamels make light play through to the copper like stained glass. Paula Sinclair continues to practice law, living primarily in Twin Falls and often “vacationing” in downtown Boise. Her work can be seen at Full Moon Gallery in Twin Falls.