“Hot Silica on Metal: The Art of Enameling”

This art form is basically the fusing of powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 °C (1,380 and 1,560 °F). The powder melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal, or on glass or ceramics. Mainly used as decorative enhancement in the past, the current uses include cooking ware and industrial coatings.

This enameling exhibit will present the works of three artists, each with their own style. Alana Clearlake uses copper mesh in airy and whimsical organic shapes that are covered with the fused-on enamel. Alana was featured in the “Glass on Metal” enameling magazine.

Sarah Gordon will show her Alluvial Series – mounted on wood panels, these round works echo land eroded by water. We all see the real thing when we drive through Death Valley.

Benny Alba will exhibit her Jazz and Space series. These are small works mounted on linen-covered wood.

Video courtesy of Mark Pahuta

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