ARTISAN SPOTLIGHT – PAULA LEWIS

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The marriage of glass to metal is a tempestuous one: vibrant, strong, temperamental, and supremely beautiful. It combines color, danger, strength, fragility, and beauty unlike any other medium.

 

Vitreous enameling – the art of fusing ground glass to copper – caught Paula Lewis’s eye when, during a visit to Village Artisans Gallery http://www.villageartisansgallery.com/ , she was stopped in her tracks by the work of George Waricher. When she discovered that Professor Waricher taught basic enameling at Carlisle Arts Learning Center, Lewis enrolled in a six-week course, fell completely in love with the medium and the process – and just a little bit  with her instructor, a gifted and generous mentor –  and she’s been happily living up to her business name, Scorched Eyebrow Studio, ever since.

Paula’s enameling process uses 18-gauge copper, a large selection of lead-free, made-in-the-USA ground enamel (which is the consistency of fine sand), a hot kiln (1475° – 1650°), and notebooks filled with her personal “recipes.”

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The painting portion of the work starts with board, then texturizing, and gesso. She then develops the painting by layering multiple colors and coats of acrylic paint to achieve the perfect complement to the enamel focal for the work.

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There are two studios in my home: enameling in the basement and painting on the second floor. Running the stairs between them raises my heart rate almost as much as making the art.

In the dozen years since she first learned to affix glass to copper, Paula has developed a signature style, combining enameled focal pieces and abstract acrylic painting to create one-of-a-kind works. The juxtaposition of the smooth and glossy enameled elements with deeply textured matte painted surface yields work that is exciting and modern.

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 Paula will be at Fall Into Fine Craft with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar, today! In the meantime, you can see more of her work on her Facebook page  the Gallery page of our website www.ybcrafts.org.

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