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Glass Fused To Metal
(Enameling)

Enameling is glass fused to copper or other metal at high heat.

For more information about how I create these enameled works, please see my pictorial demonstration of The Enameling Process.

Medano Morning

Medano Morning
E
nameled copper, 8" x 10"

Red Rock Rhythms

Red Rock Rhythms
E
nameled copper, 8" x 10"

This piece, inspired by Red Rock Canyon near Pikes Peak, Colorado (a property protected as open space), was created for the Palmer Land Trust "Art for Land's Sake" benefit art sale.

Archivist

Archivist
Enameled copper; 8" x 8"

The glass (enamels) forming the petroglyphs above the chukwalla are underfired, creating a slight relief surface and remaining grainy instead of fusing completely.

Waters From Stone

Waters From Stone
Enameled copper, silver foil; 20" x 16"

Torrents of clear water rush straight out of the walls of Marble Canyon as it deepens toward Grand Canyon. I cut the sgraffito inscription through unfired translucent enamels; the fired lettering is bare copper, oxidized black. The words are explorer John Wesley Powell's description of this place he named "Vasey's Paradise."

Canyon Heart

Canyon Heart
Enameled copper, silver foil, 10" X 8"

Reflections in a pool in North Canyon, Grand Canyon. Smooth, brilliant reflections shine among shadowed sandstone. In this piece, the powdered glass depicting the surrounding sandstone is underfired, giving a rough, grainy texture, while the enamels depicitng the pool and reflections are smooth and translucent. 

Benediction

Benediction
Enameled copper, 9" X 12"

Inspired by Deer Creek Falls, Grand Canyon. The enamel depicting the foreground cliffs was scratched through (sgraffito technique) before the first firing, exposing the underlying copper; in firing, the copper oxidized to black. The ridges and crevices in the cliffs create physical variations, giving a slight relief surface.

Granite Rapid, Evening

Granite Rapid, Evening
Enameled copper; 10 x 8

Opaque enamels form sky, lower cliffs, and river, while transparent enamels intensify the underlying copper to depict high cliffs catching the sun's last rays.

Canyon Lifeblood

Canyon Lifeblood
Enameled copper; 16 x 18

To read an account of the inspiration for this piece and for "Oasis" (below), during my artist residency at Grand Canyon National Park, click here.

Oasis

Oasis
Enameled copper; 15 x 18

Circumference

Circumference
Enameled copper; 20 X 16

Palimpsest

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Palimpsest
Etched and enameled copper, silver foil, hand lettering; 15" square

Quotes In Palimpsest

Through our eyes we inhale light and images - light and images we share with every being on earth. And out of our eyes we exhale a light or a darkness that is the spirit in which we perceive.

--My Story As Told By Water
David James Duncan

But some say dust is the beginning,  its slow accumulation and eventual density in space resulting in the formation of great rolling nebulae, in the emergence of expansive galactic clusters, the collapse of heavy stars into themselves. Dust, in the right circumstances, can make its own light.

--"A Self-Analysis of Dust"
Pattiann Rogers

But as my sight by seeing learned to see,
The transformation which in me took place
Transformed the single changeless form for me.

--Paradiso
Dante

Make of yourselves a light

--Buddha

Let mine eye bless all it sees

--Gaelic blessing

Light upon Light

--The Qur'an

Jaguar Night

Jaguar Night
Enameled copper; 16 x 20

Garden Party

Garden Party
Enameling on steel; 20 x 16

Mezzanine

Mezzanine
Formed and enameled copper, enameled steel; 18 x 24

Contemplation

Contemplation
Etched and enameled copper; 12 x 18