Enameling – the art of fusing glass to metal through a high temperature firing process – gained widespread popularity in the United States in last half of the 20th century. In the first decades of the 21st, artists throughout the country continue to explore enamel in a variety of forms, finding new meaning and rich expressive potential in the vibrant color and layered depth of this time-honored medium.
The first nationally traveling exhibition to survey this dynamic field in more than fifty years, Little Dreams in Glass and Metal
is organized by the Los Angeles-based Enamel Arts Foundation. Taking its title from a phrase the artist Karl Drerup used to describe the extraordinary properties of his medium: “I appreciate knowing when someone derives joy from the long hours I spend in making these little dreams out of glass and metal,” Little Dreams
includes 122 works from the foundation’s collection of modern and contemporary enamels.
The exhibition features a wide range of objects from jewelry to large enamel-on-steel wall panels as it explores the history of enameling in this country from 1920 to the present. Among the 90 artists included are such early leaders in the field as Fred Uhl Ball, Kenneth Bates, Karl Drerup, Doris Hall, Edward Winter, and Jade Snow Wong; many of its current luminaries including Jamie Bennett, Harlan Butt, William Harper, John Iversen, and June Schwarcz; as well as artists making significant contributions to the field today including Jessica Calderwood, Helen Elliott, David Freda, Gretchen Goss, James Malenda, Sarah Perkins, and others.
The exhibition’s initial presentation at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts (August 2 – November 29, 2015) is scheduled to coincide with the Enamelist Society’s biennial meeting which takes place in Beverly, MA in August 2015.
Its national tour continues to the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles (January 24 – May 8, 2016), the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA (June 19 – September 11, 2016), the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock (October 7, 2016 – January 1, 2017), and elsewhere.
The exhibition is documented by a fully-illustrated publication with introductory essay and artist profiles by the exhibition’s co-curators Bernard N. Jazzar and Harold B. “Hal” Nelson. The publication will be available in August 2015
Little Dreams in Glass and Metal
is supported by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, the McLeod Family Foundation, and other generous contributors.
To obtain a copy of the catalog, click on the link: http://www.uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=3709