|Vintage copper stampings with torch-fired enamels|
Then, for Christmas, my best friend gave me this amazing book.
|Amazing book - go buy it!|
As if I don't have enough techniques on my plate to work on perfecting, I began to long for an opportunity to try my hand at kiln-firing enamels. I adore the organic results that are possible with torch firing, but the back side of every piece is inevitably scorched from the direct contact with the flame, and I was envisioning a combination of the two techniques: torch-fired front side with kiln-fired counter-enamel on the reverse. And then a great deal on a Jen-Ken enameling kiln fell into my lap, and I jumped at it.
|Mine is similar to this but also has a door in the front for accessing the firing area for enamels.|
We're in the process of readying our house for sale, and I'm reluctant to take the time now to make the studio changes necessary for a kiln enameling center, so the kiln is sitting in my garage and I'm left trolling Pinterest. I can't stop thinking about it, so I thought I'd share some of the inspiring pieces I've stumbled across in the last few weeks.
|Ruth Ball Enamel Design (source: Pinterest)|
|Angela Gerhard (source: Pinterest)|
|Carly Wright (source: Daily Art Muse)|
|Beth Novak (source: Beth Novak)|
So these are the things I'm drooling over these days - and, if I'm being honest, I am at once certain I will never ascend to these heights and hopeful I might make something that approaches this beauty. The kiln in my garage is impatient to get started. And, I suppose, so am I.
What about you? What new technique is calling your name??
Until next time!