“Salt Point” champlevé (early)
These are my first champlevé pieces in the “Salt Point” series, begun in 2004. They differ from later work in glass composition and color.
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The earliest Salt Point pieces were done in unleaded enamels. The unleaded whites have a tendency to react with copper and turn green very rapidly.
To stabilize the color in the tiny dots, I added small amounts of colors that did not react with copper to such a strong degree. However, these other colors often dulled the whites and created a yellow-beige I wasn’t too fond of.
To override the yellow-beige enamel color, I often tinted the finished enamel on the surface with warm and cool glass stain colors. These shifted the colors, but they were also very opaque and affected the luminosity and translucence of the glass.
After these early pieces, I shifted my enamel formulations to incorporate leaded enamels. This created a slightly different color palette to my work, and meant starting all over again with finding appropriate materials and testing them.