Vitreous enamel on copper/hand-strung beads
Very few artists’ media will flow spontaneously, but with enough heat vitreous enamel will have its way. It takes at least 1500° F. in the kiln, and the artist must be prepared for surprises. A carefully planned pattern of colored powders and lumps that melts into the orange-hot mass can emerge transformed. Here the fluidity caused by the high heat was exploited to turn a pattern of straight colored threads into an abstract bird form.
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.