Carol Weir

Carol Weir works in the ancient art of cloisonné enamel. She updates this 6th century BC medium with contemporary designs, patterns, and shapes.

From Carol:

Cloisonne’ Enameling Process & Technique

Enameling is the process of applying small granules of ground glass (enamel) to metal and firing at high temperatures in a kiln.  Cloisonné is an ancient enameling technique dating to the 6th century B.C. The technique involves forming linear designs with thin, flat 24K gold or fine silver wires on a base of fine (pure) silver to form enclosed areas, known as cells or cloisons. These enclosed areas created by the wire are carefully filled with colored enamel using tiny brushes and then fired in a kiln. Many thin layers are applied and fired until the cloisons are filled to the top with enamel. Each cloisonné piece goes through a minimum of 15 to 20 firings in a 1400-1500F kiln. The piece may then be ground down on a lapidary grinder to a uniform, smooth surface and polished with lapidary buffing compounds to a gloss finish. Many hours are needed to complete one piece.

A setting is then fabricated for the finished cloisonné piece using combinations of fine silver, sterling silver, gold, and gemstones.