Emily is one of few contemporary jewellery artists in Canada incorporating traditional glass enamel into contemporary fine jewellery.
Vitreous enamel is a powdered glass, applied in several layers and fused to a metal surface in a high temperature environment. Some use a torch, I use an electric furnace which fires at approximately 1500 °F or 800 °C. There are many techniques used to build up enchanting colours, or reveal the metal surfaces below. Believed by some historians to be an ancient alternative to gemstones in jewellery and ornaments, glass has been used for thousands of years to apply rich colour to metal. A difficult technique to master, it is seldom used in modern production jewellery because of it's fragility and time consuming processes.
Every enameled piece of jewellery is unique. Like small sculptures, every piece I craft is made with hand formed copper, silver, or gold sheet metal, encased in traditional vitreous glass enamel.
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