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Enameling History

Take a closer look at enameling history, from Ancient Greece to the 20th century and beyond, and add historical dimensions to contemporary jewelry.

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English Painted Enamels

English enamels, in the genre also widely classed as Battersea work [after the initial place of their manufacture] were profusely made from 1753 to the late 18th century, and there was continuity into the four subsequent decades. For the articles…

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The Enamelwork of Bill Helwig

When enamelist Bill Helwig celebrated the half-century mark in July of 1988, his wife Lenore Davis, asked the celebrants to festoon the trees with colorful paper strips with famous Helwig quotes. Most were culled from his workshops and provide…

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Byzantine Enamel Works

The exhibition, mounted at the Royal Academy in London in collaboration with the Benaki Museum in Athens, incorporates over 240 objects, spanning 1000 years of Byzantine artistic production. The pieces with enamels are thus shown within…

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New Zealand Enameling Culture

When one looks at a world map to find New Zealand, it’s easily overlooked due to its location and size. This “spec of land” in the vast Southern Ocean, made up of two islands, is nevertheless a thousand miles long, with a population…

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Enamels in Medieval Galleries

The innovative Medieval Galleries, occupying a complete wing of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, have now been open for several months. There was extensive initial press coverage and a great surge of visitors: but with such spacious…

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Cloisonne Primer – History of Cloisonne Technique

In the late 20s, a small enamel tray, made in China, introduced us to the word cloisonne. The material looked like the granite ware in our kitchen. Obviously the wires were used to keep the colors separated. Then, cloisonne was enamel with wires…

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The Earliest Cloisonne Enamels

An island in the eastern Mediterranean, with a history of more than 8000 years, Cyprus was one of the earliest producers of copper in the world, had a flourishing metal industry and during the “Golden Age” of Cyprus, the island enjoyed a high…

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Enameling History and Revolution

Through the years, a variety of enameling techniques has been developed. Some involve how the metal is prepared and some involve how the enamel is applied. The following defines the most prevalent, but by no means all, techniques.

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Etymology of Enamel

Most people in our discipline use the word Enamel to identify both the glass which is fused to metal, and the finished product. However, we should not be as possessive as the art potter who believes the word CERAMICS always refers to a pot made…

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Georgian Cloisonne Enamel

In the conditions of world globalization, a big part of modern mankind realized how important human ties are to their roots. Once neglected traditions today acquire vital importance. People search for and go back to old traditions, create…

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Enameled Miniature Clock Cases

Small ornamental clocks were among the medium priced ornamental objects that were in huge demand in the 19th century. This gave opportunities for enameled decorations to be added for a valuable, individualistic appearance for every piece,…

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Enamel is Glass — But, What is Glass?

In the beginning, there was glass. Glass was created or formed along with our planet Earth. Glass was here — waiting to be discovered by humankind — as early as 75,000 BC, to use as spear points, daggers and crude axes. We are…