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Lark 500 Series
500 Enameled Objects
A Celebration of Color on Metal
The classic art of enameling is experiencing a well-deserved renaissance—and it’s stunningly captured in this lovingly curated survey. More than 300 international contemporary artists have contributed museum-worthy pieces, which range in scale from David C. Freda’s Green Slipper Brooch and Harlan W. Butt’s Maine Teapot to large sculptures and public art. Some of the creators take a minimalist approach, using only soft colors and matte finishes, while others exploit the material’s vibrant palette and glass-like surface. The broad technical applications include everything from simple sifting and torch firing to complex cloisonné and plique-à-jour.
Juror Bio Sarah Perkins received her MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is currently Professor of Art and Head of the Metals Area at Southwest Missouri State University. She has shown her work extensively in invitational and competitive group exhibitions and in one-person shows; her pieces are included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Ornamental Metal Museum in Tennessee and the Long Beach Art Museum in California. Her writing has been published in such respected magazines as Metalsmith, Ornament, and American Craft, as well as in many books on enameling and metalsmithing. Perkins has taught numerous workshops around the United States, including at Penland, Arrowmont, San Diego State University and California College of Art, as well as Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan and the University of the West of England in Bristol.