Reinterpreting glass on metal
Turrell, E. C. (2010) Reinterpreting glass on metal. In: Re-source - prospects for contemporary jewellery and object making 14th Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia Biennial Conference, Perth, Australia, 9-11 April 2010.
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Creative and experimental surfaces in enamel using non-traditional approaches to glass on metal. Traditional enamel is associated with preciousness, sumptuous colour and reflected light. However, by disassociating enamel from the glassy, decorative and perfect surface it is possible to re-interpret and re-evaluate the enamel surface for contemporary makers. Today, we use pre-packed "convenience" enamels but by understanding the raw materials of our craft, all of which come from the earth's crust, it becomes possible to develop a range of surfaces that are complementary to traditional enamelling. It is possible to achieve creative and expressive enamel surfaces using the basic vocabulary of mark-making common to visual artists.