ALCHEMY4

The 16th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition and 12th International Juried Student Enamel Exhibition

JAN. 21 - APR. 29, 2018

Gasparrini & Keeler Galleries

 

Gabrielle Castonguay, My Instinct Catches my Falls. Photo courtesy of The Enamelist Society.

Opening Reception

& Gallery Talk

Sunday, JAN. 21, 2018 

3PM - 5PM

 

Alchemy, a term that refers to a seemingly magical power of transmutation as well as the ancient chemical philosophy of turning base metal into gold or silver, can apply to enamel as it is magically transformed by heat.

Alchemy4, sponsored by The Enamelist Society, features the work of 98 artists chosen for the 16th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition, located in our Gasparrini galleries, and the 12th International Juried Student Enamel Exhibition, located in our Keeler galleries. The objects in the exhibition are divided into three categories: jewelry, objects and wall sculpture. The exhibition features some of the most prominent enamelists working today and highlights enameling techniques and innovations within the field, while also featuring work by students from accredited degree programs throughout the world.

 

Enameling is a decorative technique in which powdered glass, called vitreous enamel, is applied to a metal surface and fired in a kiln or with a torch. The result is a colorful, glossy and long-lasting finish. The technique began in early civilizations around the Mediterranean region in the 13th century B.C.E. and spread throughout the globe. Today, enameling has commercial as well as decorative purposes. Modern enamelists can choose from several types of enamel, including ground powder, lumps, threads and liquid. Enamels come in opaque and transparent forms and can be applied in numerous ways.

 

Throughout the exhibit, you may notice both established techniques as well as innovations and modern trends within the field. Many of the artists make use of overfiring or underfiring, which results in a change of texture and flow to the surface. Others make use of unconventional forms and materials, experimenting with how well enamel can fuse to a metal surface. The objects included in Alchemy4 are a testament to the future of the field of enameling, highlighting the experimental and transformative nature of this decorative technique.

 

 

Alisa Looney, Acceptance Series: Wave Dream (Spirit Mask). Photo courtesy of Patrick F. Smith.

Daisy Greenwell, The Deepest Dark.

Photo courtesy of the Artist.

Carolina Reyes, Tea Strainer.

Photo courtesy of the Artist.

Andy Alter, Hex Sign Pin Clover.

Photo courtesy of the Artist.

Participating Artists

 

 

Curtis Arima

Martha Banyas

Brooke Battles

Ken Bova

Sara Brown

Harlan Butt

Jessica Calderwood

Melissa Cameron

Ana Mercedes Carvallo

Katy Cassell

Gabrielle Suzanne Castonguay

Kat Cole

Joanne Conant

Linda Darty

Anne Dinan

Ashley English

Lillian Fitzpatrick

Priscilla Frake

Herb Friedson

Terry Fromm

Lara Ginzburg

Barbi Gossen

Jill Baker Gower

 

 

 

Cullen Hackler

Charity Hall

Jan Harrell

Anne Havel

Abigail Heuss

Sha Sha Higby

Niki Hildebrand

Dorothea Hosom

Mi-Sook Hur

Lauralee Hutson

Janly Jaggard

June Jasen

Jennifer Jordan Park

Bok Hee Jung

John Killmaster

Andrew Kuebeck

Suzanne Kustner

Lorena Lazard

Sarah Lazure

Timothy Lazure

Sarah Loch-Test

Alisa Looney

Deborah Lozier

 

 

 

Any Roper Lyons

James Malenda

Kate Mess

Barbara Minor

Valerie Mitchell

Pat Nelson

Kim Nogueria

Alison Pack

Sarah Perkins

Karin Pohl

Jeanie Pratt

Gail Reid

Fay Rooke

Diane Rooke-Harris

Barbara Ryman

Olivia Shih

Marjorie Simon

Jan Smith

Judy Stone

L. Sue Szabo

Felicia Szorad

Monica Tomova

Krisztina Vagenas

 

 

The 16th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition

 

 

The 12th International Juried Student Enamel Exhibition

 

Andy Alter

Carolyn Buss

Emma Olivia Chandler

Hsinyu Chu

Chloe Darke

Jaokima Day

Diana Diebold

Ariel Gochberg

Hannah Goldberg

Daisy Greenwell

 

 

 

Yeonjung Hong

Tamika Knutson

Joanne Lang

Matthew Mauk

Barbara McFadyen

Jacie McGowan

Marcela McLean

Ziqin Min

Naomi Noel Snortum

Hannah Oatman

 

 

 

Eunseon Park

Carolina Reyes

Hosanna Rubio

Alyssa Saccente

Rose Schlemmer

Luyi Sun

Karen Trexler

Seul Yi

Zhou Yuan

 

 

Though enameling is an ancient technique, it was the French enamelists working during the Middle Ages who perfected many common enameling techniques still used today, which is why most retain their French names.

Below are some of the more common enameling techniques used throughout Alchemy4.

 

 

Basse Taille (low cut) The metal surface is etched, engraved, carved, punched or stamped and then covered in several layers of transparent enamel. Each layer is fired in a kiln before a new layer is applied. In this technique, various depths in color are created, and the underlying design of the metal surface is visible.

 

 

Champlevé (raised field) The surface of a metal plate is carved or etched away to create depressions so that the raised lines form the outline of a design. The depressions are filled with powdered enamel and the object fired in a kiln or with a torch. The surface is then polished, resulting in a smooth, flat finish.

 

 

Limoges The Pénicauld family in the French town of Limoges invented a new technique of painting with enamels. This technique was the first in which enamels were not separated by wire or metal. With this technique, scenes can be realistically reproduced in enamel.

 

 

Cloisonné (partitioned) Metal wire, usually made of gold or silver, is used to form a design on a metal surface. Then powdered enamel is used to fill in the spaces between the wires before being fused with a kiln or torch.

 

 

Sgraffito (cutting away / scratching) A design is formed on a still-wet enameled object by scratching into the surface using a tool to reveal the undercoating, which is commonly white and opaque. Artists often apply black enamel on top of the undercoat.

 

 

Plique-à-jour (letting in daylight) In this technique, enamel is suspended between metal wire or a metal frame and has no metal backing so that light passes through it. It has the effect of a stained glass window.

 

 

Special Support for the Exhibition

The Enamelist Society

Ongoing Exhibition & Programming Support

Windgate Charitable Foundation

Hyde Family Foundations

Ongoing Operational Support

ArtsMemphis

Tennessee Arts Commission

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