Vitreous 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 metal salts colored glass is created. In this piece it is cobalt for the blues, copper for the blue-greens, and antimony and tin for the white. Some of the rosy gold of the copper substrate is preserved as well, all to depict the lakes and oceans of “Earth’s Water.”
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.