Enamel on copper
Fusing enamel to copper is one media that allows revision. Unlike painters and potters, the enamelist can really make lemonade from lemons. This enamel was a failed piece. The original idea involved black, white, and very clear embedded silver. When firing produced unwanted dark neutrals. the piece was refired, the orange-hot goo was stirred in anger, and the piece tossed out of sight. Much later the richly beaded necklace in similar colors arrived and the pieces could be married into a statement necklace perfect for partying at the Lounge at the End of the Universe.
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.