June Schwarcz Artist in Glass and Metal
Enamel Arts Foundation/Lucia Marquand
Size: 305 mm x 229 mm
Illustrations: 290 colour
- First book to chronicle the life and artwork of June Schwarcz, a pioneer craftsperson in the enamel and decorative arts field
June Schwarcz (1918-2015) was among the most innovative artists working in the contemporary enamels field. Best known for her electroplated metal sculpture embellished with rich enamel colour, she produced an extensive body of work that, while linked to long-standing vessel-making traditions, defied convention. In a field known for visual opulence, preciousness, and adherence to traditional craft practices, Schwarcz was a renegade. She learned enameling on her own and adopted a highly experimental approach to process, inventing new ways of creating sculptural objects in metal and unorthodox strategies for their embellishment. Believing in the power of opposing principles, she created forms that were at once raw and elemental, elegantly composed, and lushly beautiful. A seminal figure in the American craft field, Schwarcz led enameling workshops across the country and influenced several generations of young and emerging artists. She also played a central role in the craft community of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lived and worked for more than fifty years. June Schwarcz: Artist in Glass and Metal is the first publication to investigate Schwarcz's work in depth. It explores the rich trajectory of her career along with the sources and influences that helped shape and define her singular vision. It also investigates the themes and subjects that intrigued her as it examines the role she played in advancing enameling in America in the late twentieth century. This lavishly illustrated publication celebrates the extraordinary body of work Schwarcz created over a period of sixty years.
Contents: Introduction; Acknowledgments; Note to the Reader; The Early Years; Exploring Basse-Taille; First Recognition: The 1950s; Emergent Decade: The 1960s; Electroplating; Rethinking Tradition: Champlevé, Cloisonné, and Plique-à-Jour; Stitched Forms; Broadening Horizons: The 1970s; Pleated Forms; Petal Forms; SLAC-Inspired Compositions; Honors and Awards: 1980 2000; Vertical Forms; Cuffs and Collars; Architectural Forms; Open Forms; Cinched Forms; Influence and Inspiration; Plaques and Panels: Variations on Wall-Mounted Forms; Sandblasting and Surface Plating; Final Years: 2000 2015; Spectral Forms.