Changing Hues: Color Embraced by Metalsmiths Around the World

The Ganoksin Project, a free online forum for gem and jewelry information and resources just announced their fourth annual International Online Jewelry Exhibition.

“The exhibition explores metal works whose primary theme is color embraced as their primary visual focus, whether that be using colored materials, exploring creating colored surfaces, or encasing the object in color.”

With our 6-week Enamel class beginning this coming Thursday, here are some of my favorite pieces with Enamel from the exhibition. View the entire online exhibition here.Kyle Anne Judson


Kyle Anne Judson |Kyleannemetals | Athens, GA. USA

Blue Cherry Blossom

Materials: fine silver, sterling silver, 24k yellow gold, enamel

Dimensions: 1 1/2 inch x 1 inch

This is a one of a kind handmade cloisonne enamel pendant, which features a blue and orange cherry blossom. This enamel is made using fine silver, 24k yellow gold wire and beads, and translucent, opaque, and opalescent enamels. I hand grind all of my enamels to ensure that I get the brightest and highest quality colors possible. Each cloisonne wire was hand bent and filled with approximately 15 layers of colored and (for the final layers) clear enamel. fired in a kiln. The piece was then hand ground, polished and finally set into a handmade sterling silver bezel.

Photo credit: kyle anne judson

Evelyn Markasky


Evelyn Markasky | | Santa Cruz, CA. USA

Autumn Leaves | Materials: Copper, vitreous enamels | Dimensions: 2 x 18.5 x.25

Fold-formed copper with torch-fired vitreous enamels. Handmade chain

Photo credit: Evelyn Markasky

Sandra McEwan

Sandra McEwen |Sandra McEwen Enamels | Raleigh, North Carolina. USA

Autumn Necklace | Materials: Enamels, Fine Silver, Carnelian & Citrine | Dimensions: 3″ x 4″

Champlevé & Cloisonné enamel

Photo credit: Jason Dowdle

Mengnan QU

Mengnan QU | New Paltz, NY. USA

An Incident Of Eyes I

Materials: Fine silver, sterling silver, enamel, overglaze

Dimensions: 4 x 5 x 1 inches

Old legend and mythological stories might look absurd today. However, I believe some of them came with reasons. An horrible incident happened in 2013. A boy’s aunt dug his eyes with a wood branch. I use the real elements from the incident to build this work. It looks hard to understand. However, this work stores the eyes, blood, criminals and the colorful world for the boy.

Photo credit: Yu Xia

Mengnan Qu Jewelry and MetalsmithingShelly Shen

Shelly Shen | Shelly’s Studio | Gaithersburg, Maryland. USA

Angel’s Eye

Materials: enamel, copper| Dimensions: 4″ X 3″ X 0.5″

Photo credit: Shelly

Olivia Shih

Olivia Shih |
Berkeley, California. USA

Aquatic Mirage

Materials: enamel, copper, brass| Dimensions: each approximately 3″ x 2″ x 1″

In the depths of the sea, aquatic habitats are collapsing. My work seeks to highlight the influence of human activity below the waterline, where pollution gnaws away at the lives of colorful creatures such as sea anemones and nudibranchs.

Photo credit: Olivia Shih

My passion in Art Jewelry making reflects my formal training in both art and engineering. I consider my jewelry pieces the realization of my artistic imagination through rigorous engineering means. I desire to create art works that harmonize inspirations from both Asian and Western cultures.Wendy McAllister

Wendy McAllister | | Baltimore, MD. USA


Materials: Vitreous enamel, copper, sterling silver | Dimensions: 4.25″ W x 3.75″ H x 1.5″ D

BroochPhoto credit: Hap Sakwa

“The vibrant exuberance of clashing colors and sensuous forms in Nature excite me even as I struggle to accept their impermanence.”Judy Silver

Judy Stone | Judy Stone, enamelist | El Cerrito, CA. USA

Bindungen Winter

Materials: enamel, copper, silver foil | Dimensions: 4 1/3″ x 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

enameled copper vessel form

Photo credit: Dan Kvitka


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