Vitreous enamel on copper/hand-strung beads, 12” x 6” x 3” on display
Kiln-firing at 1500° F or more into a gooey orange-hot mass moves the colored vitreous enamel powders and chunks in unexpected ways. With luck, the colors part to lead the eye and light to the pure copper below. Here multiple firings of layers of transparent and opaque leaded and unleaded enamels form abstract textures in an homage to Arizona: the fertile Verde Valley soil, the turquoise mineral treasures, and Bisbee copper.
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 unexpectedness of the heat effects. Her palette ranges from subtle to exuberant. Her style is abstract and, with light playing through to the copper, like wearing stained glass. Paula Sinclair continues to practice law, living primarily in Twin Falls. Her work can be seen at Full Moon Gallery there.