“I want to be able to play, experiment, ask questions, and break rules in order to create unique enamel imagery.”
Ricky Frank, a master enamelist, has been making and selling cloisonné enamel jewelry for over 35 years. A self-taught artist, his work is known for incredible depth, clarity and blending of colors.
His award winning jewelry has been exhibited at some of the top national craft shows, including the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum Craft Show. A frequent instructor at Arrowmont, he has also taught with Arizona Craftsman, Florida Society of Goldsmiths, Rio Grande Tools, and at The Enamelist Society Conference.
Enameling is a perfect medium to study myself and teach others.
It is a combination of art & science, right brain & left brain, principles and experiments. I need to be able to understand a fairly complex scientific process, the bonding of glass onto metal, and control this process well enough in order to create technically sound enamels.
I also want to be able to play, experiment, ask questions, and break rules in order to create unique enamel imagery. And all of this needs to be done with an eye towards my feelings and intentions so that the pieces can express what is in my heart.