Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

The International Contemporary Vitreous Enamel Archive

Awarding body: AHRc
Awarded to: PRof Stephen Hoskins
Researchers: Elizabeth Turrell
Outputs:The International Contemporary Vitreous Enamel Archive

Project details:

This project was funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council).

Contemporary vitreous enamel is, in the main, inadequately documented and researched; this archive has been an attempt at redressing this situation. The first step was to gather slides from selected artists who use enamel in their work, which illustrates the quality and diversity of contemporary work, and thereby aim to raise the awareness of enamel within the applied arts.

This project is an outcome of the original proposal for the 3 year AHRB Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts; this was to establish the potential of vitreous enamel on metal as a medium for creative practice for visual artists.

The aim of this archive is to establish a major international resource for study and research into contemporary enamel (glass on metal). UWE already has NEVAC (The National Electronic and Video Archive of the Crafts) and there will be a link between NEVAC and the archive. Consequently, there is a good deal of expertise in archiving the crafts at UWE.

We approached other institutions to work with us. As a starting point 100 artists were asked to contribute to the archive and to give their permission to copy their slides (10 slides for each artist). We have transferring these slides into digital form and created a comprehensive database, which will be the basis for a digital web site.

This is the start of the establishment of a major international archive/web site for study and research into contemporary enamel with the aim of establishing the potential of enamel (glass on metal) as medium for contemporary practice by visual artists.
The objectives of the archive are to:

Illustrate enamel as a medium for creative practice by visual artists, through selected work of diverse high quality. To document the process through its inherent aesthetic qualities.

    * Inspire and encourage the broad use of enamel by visual artists as appropriate for the 21st century.

    * Established enamel as a significant area of study in the applied arts.

    * Take a broad view and include artists who use enamel as well as established enamellists.

    * Create teaching and learning outcomes.

    * Make the process of enamel accessible to visual artists and students by the application of non- traditional enamel and print in enamel processes developed at UWE.

    * Show that enamel is a valid vehicle for creative outcomes.

    * Promote enamel as an appropriate medium for architectural and public art commissions.

    * To make enamel accessible to curators, galleries and researchers.

The PDF files below contain a selection of records from the database, separated to reduce the file size.

Enamel Mainpage

Enamel 1

Enamel 2

Enamel 3

Enamel 4

Enamel 5

Enamel All





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