The Arts Directory Of Transylvania County, NC
Fine Arts and Crafts
Metal Work, Jewelry, Sculpture, Other
"The art of enameling fascinates, relaxes and challenges me. The more I learn the more there is yet to learn. To bring a piece out of the kiln and watch the colors brighten as it cools never fails to thrill me."
Freddie Hart has been working with copper enameling for many years. She apprenticed under Maggie and Gus Masters and has taken workshops at UTs Arrowmont School in Gatlinburg and John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown.
Freddie is retired from the Transylvania County Schools and divides her time between enameling, traveling, hiking and playing with grandchildren.
About Copper Enameling
Copper enameling is an ancient art, dating back to the fifth century b.c. When Chinese craftsmen became masters in the cloisonne technique.
Enameling is the process of fusing ground glass to metal in a kiln fired to 1500-2000 degrees. Each piece is fired a minimum fo four times or more, layering on color until the desired effect is achieved. Metals such as copper, silver, gold or stainless steel may be used. (One example of industrial enameling is the kitchen stove!) The finished work can be as simple or as intricate as the enamellists skill permits.
Freddie Hart's work can be found in the U. S. Forest Service retail shops, Wilkes Art Gallery in N. Wilkesboro and locally at Number 7 Fine Arts and Crafts Cooperative in Brevard. She may be contacted at 828-884-9683.