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"Salt Point" series, early work

My earliest champlevé enamels in the “Salt Point” series


“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.


“Salt Point Tafoni #2”, champlevé enamel on copper, with glass stain colors, 8” x 8”

“Salt Point Tafoni #2”, champlevé enamel on copper, with glass stain colors, 8” x 8”

See my recent Salt Point work to read more about this magical place.

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 pieces.

 
“Salt Point Tafoni #6”, champlevé enamel on copper, with glass stain colors, 8” x 8”

“Salt Point Tafoni #6”, champlevé enamel on copper, with glass stain colors, 8” x 8”

“Salt Point Tafoni #3”, champlevé enamel on copper, with glass stain colors, 8” x 8”

“Salt Point Tafoni #3”, champlevé enamel on copper, with glass stain colors, 8” x 8”

 

See more recent “Salt Point” work.

See the first “Salt Point” piece, done with the basse-taille technique.