Artist’s Statement

judy-stoneOver the years I have developed my own way of working based on medieval enameling techniques, the availability of enameling supplies, and the contemporary work of the late Fred Ball. I work in layers, pushing the enamel particles into place and then firing at ca.1500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Most of my work is fired between 6 and 15 times. I fuse precious metal foils into the final layers. I try to use the interaction of the metal and the enamel through transparency and translucency to achieve three dimensional color.

I work alone in my studio in El Cerrito, CA. My studio is surrounded by a somewhat carefully cultivated garden from which I draw inspiration. The imagery in my work, while mostly abstract, has reference to forms lurking in my subconscious. I do not try to interpret these forms or their interactions with each other.

For the past 20 years I have also worked on large enameled steel wall installations, using industrial enameling techniques and materials to create one-of-a-kind art projects, usually by commission. Because of the durability of the material, these enameled “paintings” are suitable for outdoor installation as well as for architectural elements such as back splashes and shower surrounds.