Vitreous enamels in powders and lumps fuse to copper at 1500° F., but no matter how precise has been the application, the heat will have its way. Straight lines curve. Color pools spread or break up or disappear under other colors. Without mixing, the colored enamels can rearrange and form unplanned designs and shapes that are revealed only after cooling. The molten enamels move in unexpected, often appealing ways. The artist claims creative credit while as here privately wondering “Van Gogh?” Go figure.
On a little hotplate at the kitchen table Paula Sinclair learned to fuse glass to copper. She was 12 years old. Largely self-taught and long past middle age, she has settled into designing statement necklaces. With transparent and opaque vitreous kiln-fired enamels, she surrenders to the unpredictability of the heat effects. Her palette ranges from subtle to exuberant. Her style is abstract with light plays through to the copper, much like stained glass. Paula Sinclair continues to practice law, living primarily in Twin Falls and “vacationing” in downtown Boise. Her work can be seen at Twin Falls’ Full Moon Gallery.