Museum to show art of enameling

The Maturango Museum will present “Hot Silica on Metal: The Art of Enameling” during the month of December in the Sylvia Winslow Exhibit Gallery.

The opening reception, honoring artists Alana Clearlake, Sara Gordon and Benny Alba, will be held Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

“This art form is basically the fusing of powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 1,380 and 1,560 degrees F,” said a spokesperson.

“The powder melts, flows and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal, or on glass or ceramics.”

Clearlake uses copper mesh in airy and whimsical organic shapes that are covered with the fused-on enamel. She was featured in the Glass on Metal enameling magazine.

Gordon will show her Alluvial Series – mounted on wood panels, these round works echo land eroded by water. “We all see the real thing when we drive through Death Valley,” said a spokesperson.

Alba will exhibit her Jazz and Space series, small works mounted on linen-covered wood.

The public is invited to attend the reception.

Story First Published: 2014-12-03