About The Artist
Katharine Wood •
Mixed Media • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
I am an artist who works in the medium of vitreous enamel. Vitreous enamel is glass fused to metal at very high temperatures. I have been passionate about this medium for more than 40 years. I have worked on everything from jewelry to small objects and vessels to wall pieces. My inspirations have been varied: patterns, faces, nature (especially underwater or outer space), and technology. I usually work in copper or silver. I often etch my pieces before enameling, but I also work in cloisonne (wire inlay) with silver and gold foils. I love color, but have enjoyed creating monochromatic pieces (grisaille), as well. Experimentation has always intrigued me, and I get great satisfaction in using something 'off the label' to create a different or unusual effect.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
Glass (usually in powdered form) is fused to glass at very high temperatures (for my work, 1450° to 1500°F), usually multiple times, ranging from 5 or 6 times to 25 or 30 times. Each time, before firing, changes or additions are added. Sometimes I etch a piece before applying enamel.0