Glass + Metal.

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René Roberts creates a unique blend of photography and metal in her champlevé enamel work, and brings the coastal landscape to her electroformed copper sculpture


Glass and Metal

In July 2019, two pieces from my recent “Salt Point” series are included in “Alchemy 5”, an international enamel exhibit in Eugene, Oregon, sponsored by the Enamelist Society. In November 2019, the exhibit travels to the Tacoma Museum of Glass, where it will be shown until April 2020.

The Center for Enamel Art has also featured my champlevé process in a recent blog post.


I’m a California coastal native, exploring the intertidal landscape with electroformed copper and the difficult enameling medium of champlevé. My original medium was glass, but later I branched into metals, with photography always present as an avocation. Now I work across several media, ignoring a lot of conventional rules, combining glass, metal, fire and photography to create pieces that often appear to be hybrids between traditional categories. Whether my work is seen close up or from a distance, I want it to evoke a sense of mystery - as elusive as the ever-changing tideline.

“Salt Point Tafoni #5”, champlevé enamel on copper, 8” x 8”

“Salt Point Tafoni #5”, champlevé enamel on copper, 8” x 8”

“Warming Trends”, electroformed copper on Coralline algae, with patinas, 7” x 5”

“Warming Trends”, electroformed copper on Coralline algae, with patinas, 7” x 5”

I call myself a mad scientist at heart, an alchemist in love with color, imagery, and the lure of unpredictable materials. The question “What if…?” can sometimes only be answered with tenacious experimentation, and by chasing results that are often seen as technically impossible.

I grew up on an ocean beach that changed with each tide, each season. Everything around me was somewhat unpredictable, governed only by the storms and the cycles of the moon. I think of glass and metal as metaphors. They have ephemeral qualities that I like to push, inspired by water, sand, erosion, geological forces. Things that wash ashore and tug at memory. Remnants of other times, other lives.

My website is both a gallery of my work and a place I share various techniques. Welcome!