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Place as Landscape/Place as Concept: Contemporary Enameling in the U.S.

Featuring work by both established and emerging enamelists, Place as Landscape/Place as Concept brings together enamel arts that explore place and landscape from an American perspective. In the United States, where the sheer size of the country has created an incredible diversity of landscape, concepts of place are intimately connected to identity and culture. The works in this exhibition use a range of traditional and experimental enameling techniques to explore place not just as scenery but as as a way of understanding who we are. By turns complex, conflicted, melancholy, and beautiful, these images and objects show us our country as well as ourselves.

This exhibition expands upon the American showcase presented at BLAZE: International Contemporary Enamel Exhibition at the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute in Taipei (2017-2018).

Featured Artists: Ken Bova, Harlan Butt, Katy Cassell, Kat Cole, Helen Elliott, Danielle Embry, Greg Flint, Kristina Glick, Gretchen Goss, Janly Jaggard, Sarah Loch-Test, Sharon Massey, Cynthia Miller, Pat Musick, Gail Reid, Rene Roberts, Averill Shepps, Jan Smith, Judy Stone, Don Viehman, Carly Wright

About the Center for Enamel Art: The Center for Enamel Art was founded in 2012 to preserve and promote the art of enameling, and to foster community among enamel artists and art-lovers alike. The Center exists in partnership with several other organizations to produce workshops, exhibitions, and other educational programs for and about enameling in the San Francisco/Bay Area and elsewhere in the U.S.


Enamel Art at the Richmond Art Center: Richmond Art Center is proud of its history promoting enamel as an art medium. We have taught enamel arts in our metals studio for over 50 years. Recent exhibitions presented at the Richmond Art Center to feature enamel art include: Alan Osborne – Expressionist Enamels (2009), Beyond Borders: Experimentation and Innovation in Enameling (2012), and California Now: Clay, Glass, and Enamel Art (2015). View our current studio catalog for information about enameling classes and workshops.

Image: Katy Cassell, Lost Sea, 2016, Enamel, copper, reflective glass beads, mounted to wood. Courtesy of the Artist

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