Alchemy 4: Transformations in glass and metal at Arrowmont

My two pieces have a wonderful neighbor at the Alchemy 4 exhibition--that gorgeous June Jasen bowl!

My two pieces have a wonderful neighbor at the Alchemy 4 exhibition--that gorgeous June Jasen bowl!

I just returned home from the Enamelist Society's biennial conference, held at Arrowmont, where I enjoyed a life-changing cloisonné intensive with the inimitable American icon Merry-Lee Rae, and fabulous breakout sessions with several of my enamel heroes . It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many thoughtful, knowledgeable, generous and creative enamel artists, and truly, I did not want to leave! Deb Lozier, one of my favorite enamelists, held an unusual and I think extraordinary breakout session called "Enamel Diaries". I almost started crying: it was a beautiful, vulnerable, poetic sharing of drawings, work and text saved over the course of many years. 

Choosing my mug for tea from an incredible assortment, looking for the one with the eye, my favorite :)

Choosing my mug for tea from an incredible assortment, looking for the one with the eye, my favorite :)

Pulling out my cloisonné piece in Merry-Lee Rae's class

Pulling out my cloisonné piece in Merry-Lee Rae's class

Gail Reid and I admiring our friend Zoe Yuan's beautiful enameled bowls

Gail Reid and I admiring our friend Zoe Yuan's beautiful enameled bowls

Spotted just outside the dining room

Spotted just outside the dining room

The opening night reception for the Alchemy 4 exhibition

The opening night reception for the Alchemy 4 exhibition

I met Ricky Frank! I think my friends Gail and Lauren already knew him :)

I met Ricky Frank! I think my friends Gail and Lauren already knew him :)

I love Andrew Keubek; he is just as fabulous as his work!

I love Andrew Keubek; he is just as fabulous as his work!

The Merry-Lee Rae class line-up--best teacher ever!

The Merry-Lee Rae class line-up--best teacher ever!

Enamelists and margaritas and guacamole on the last night!

Enamelists and margaritas and guacamole on the last night!

Kim Nogueira