Enamel & Jewelry

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Enamel & Jewelry 2017-07-17T05:16:54+00:00

Evelyn made silver jewelry in college and later took a jewelry-making class in the 1980s, creating a number of lost wax–cast and enameled pendants.

While attending an enameling class taught by Mary Sharp, Evelyn became interested in cloisonnés. In 1984 she began “a work of passion”—a large cloisonné project titled Stories from the Bible. It took almost 18 months of intense daily work to complete.

Each of the 40 individual 3-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ squares encapsulated a different story in a miniature composition. The process required drawing the design on a copper tile and then forming silver cloisons (wires) which were glued in place. The transparent colored enamels were placed by brush in each space and went through multiple firings. Evelyn’s objective was to create 40 different works of art that were unified in style and illustrative spirit. Stories from the Bible is now in the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. They were featured in “The Renwick at 25” anniversary exhibition and appear in the book Skilled Work.