BFA, 1989, The Cleveland Institute of Art
Minors: Printmaking / Glass
As a student studying enameling in art school, I became intrigued with the technique of cloisonne, creating linear designs and images with flat wire embedded between layers of colored granular glass. This was my first introduction to enameling. In my pursuit to
learn more about this medium and wanting to perfect my skills with it, I spent many years researching and experimenting with this art form that captivated me.
Becoming familiar with the relative immediateness of enamel, I wanted to use it in a functional manner. Making jewelry was a natural step in my early process of mastering the medium. I enjoy the intimate scale and proportion of jewelry and the satisfaction of seeing objects that I've made being worn and appreciated by those who wear them.
The seemingly endless variety of enamel hues that was available seemed daunting. I chose a limited palette so that I could master its qualities and properties. Each color has its own presence and technical merits. For strong contrast, I place light color enamel next to dark, emphasizing each one's boldness and brilliance. For a complimentary effect, similar colors overlap and blend into one other, creating harmonious transition. Additional colors eventually find their way into my color scheme as I explore new imagery and subject matter.
Some early inspiration for my work was derived from my interest in the objects and images of ancient cultures: the grandeur of ancient Egypt, the colorful painted relief carvings on Mayan architecture, the symbols of the Celts. Recent inspiration comes from nature: the vibrant plumage of a songbird, the delicate markings of a butterfly wing, the gentle curve of a small branch. A new interest is the repetitive geometric patterns and motifs of Asian and Indian textiles. The challenge of creating the intricate designs from gold and silver wire fascinates me and tests my technical abilities.
Photos and 1-page article, "Drawn Together"
"Glass on Metal" magazine, August 1999 issue
Congratulations on the newspaper article and selling your work at CMA! I hope they continue to carry your work as well. I was traveling through Ohio after attending the Enamelist Society conference in Covington, KY. It has been a couple of years since I've spent any time in northeast Ohio.
Hi Michael, I saw your enameled jewelry in the Cleveland Museum of Art gift shop this week...it's wonderful! This is one of my favorite museums and I was happy to see an enamelist represented in their shop. Take care, Leslie
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