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About This Artist
Sandra McEwen is an enamel artist who has been working in glass for over 15 years. After graduating with a BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, she explored several kinds of media, including stained glass, before discovering her love of enamels. The enamels are small but bold. She treasures well made things and finds inspiration from both the natural world and the fantasy of fables and lore. She is currently working and teaching out of her studio in Wilmington, NC.
Q&A With This Artist
A: My jewelry is made of Vitreous Enamels, which are melted glass. The process starts with the fabrication of the fine silver base and bending fine silver and gold wires to create the outlines of the design. After the wires are inlayed into the base, enamels are added, grain by grain, with a fine brush. Each layer of enamel is carefully blended, and then melted at 1450F in a kiln. After many layers of enamels have been added, the piece is ground and polished to create a gemstone like finish.
A: What really intrigues me about enamels is the intensity of color. The luminosity is achieved by the light passing through the transparent layers of vitreous glass enamel and reflecting the texture of the silver and gold beneath the surface. The colors will never fade or change- there are enamels that are a thousand years old and the colors are just as intense as they were when they were first created.
A: I think what is so fantastic about my work is that it is just two simple ingredients- glass and metal. They work together to create the most complex designs and luminous colors!
A: What has been so surprising for me is the connections I make to other enamel artists throughout the world. We may not share a common language, but we come together in support of one another with this shared medium.
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