Cathy’s career in metals started at age 14 when she began assisting her father at his factory constructing industrial braiding machinery. Within two years she had enrolled in jewelry and metals classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art on the weekends. After high school she matriculated full-time to the Cleveland Institute of Art, focused primarily on metals and there discovered enameling.
Enamel is powdered glass that is applied to non-alloy metals such as copper, fine silver and gold. Enamel powder can be sifted on dry or applied as a moist suspension. Once fully dry the glass on metal is fused in a kiln at 1400-1550°F.
The artist Carl Fabergé brought enameling to international attention 100 years ago in Tsarist Russia. Besides a brief renaissance in the 1950’s and 1960’s enameling is an all but lost art. I’m proud to be keeping this unique art form alive.