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Vessel #2117

1998 June Schwarcz Born: Denver, Colorado 1918 Died: Sausalito, California 2015 electroformed, sandblasted, oxidized, and enameled copper foil 10 5/8 x 6 1/8 x 5 1/2 in. (27.1 x 15.6 x 14.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance 1999.2.1 Renwick Gallery
1st Floor, Room 103


Luce Center Quote

"The powdered, transparent, vitreous enamel can bring light below the surface. The thin foil makes it possible to achieve soft effects in a hard substance." June Schwarcz, Metalsmith, 2001

Luce Center Label

Vessel #2117 was first constructed from heavy paper to create a pattern for the copper foil. June Schwarcz used strands of copper wire to sew the pieces of foil together, then suspended the vessel in an electroplating bath to build up its pleated walls. Layers of translucent enamel allow the metal to shine through and create a tactile, muted surface.

Keywords

Object - other - vase

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - copper

About June Schwarcz

Born: Denver, Colorado 1918 Died: Sausalito, California 2015

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