Combining her lifelong interest in nature with her well-honed skills as a metalsmith and enamelist, Charity Hall has created over the past ten years a distinctive body of work with insects as her subject. Believing that the “evolutionary aptitude and anatomical brilliance” of these much maligned creatures has been ignored for too long, she celebrates their unique characteristics and beauty in her vessels, sculpture, and jewelry. As she has said, “My exploration in metalwork and enameling illustrates organisms that represent a diverse array of entomological life. However, dissected, manipulated, or scrutinized, these arthropods remain elusive and woefully unappreciated.”
Hall’s work in enamel ranges from her powerfully incisive drawings on bowls and jewelry to her richly colored brooches, pendants, necklaces, rings, and buckles. In all these works an insect forms the central image of her composition. Hall’s exactingly detailed studies are often mounted in highly inventive settings that tend to further ennoble the humble creatures she depicts. Her settings are frequently enriched through the addition of semi-precious stones. However, throughout her work, in an effort to reduce her environmental footprint, Hall uses repurposed silver and synthetic or responsibly-sourced gemstones.
Charity Hall was born in Los Angeles in 1978. She studied biology at Colorado College in Colorado Springs where she was awarded her BA in 2000. While an undergraduate she also took arts and crafts classes with Dindy Reich who introduced her to metalwork and enameling. Upon graduating she worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a botanist. However, in 2004, after taking a workshop co-taught by Bob Ebendorf and Tim Lazure at Penland School of Crafts, she decided to pursue her interest in metals and enrolled in the graduate program at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina (ECU). While at ECU she studied with Mi-Sook Hur, Linda Darty, Bob Ebendorf and Tim Lazure. Linda Darty’s introduction to enameling class solidified Hall’s commitment to the medium especially to the sgraffito and painted enamel techniques. At the same time, her work at ECU helped develop her now considerable metalworking skills. She was awarded her MFA in Metal Design in 2008.
Between 2009 and 2013 Hall taught a variety of jewelry, metalwork, and enameling classes at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Since that time she has led workshops at California State University, Long Beach; Penland School of Crafts; Colorado College; Otis College of Design and elsewhere.
Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions and in 2015 she was featured in Insectographia: Drawing in Enamel, a one-person show at Mesa Contemporary Arts in Arizona.
For more information on Charity Hall, visit her website: http://www.charityhall.com/