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Kara Hickey - Enameled Silver Jewelry

Kara Hickey is the owner, designer, fabricator and enamellist at Lotus and Star and works in both Champlevé and Cloisonné enameling . She is a graduate of The New England School of Art and Design, class of 1991. She graduated with a diploma in Graphic design and illustration. After art school, and always having a love of jewelry, Kara decided to learn the fine craft of metalworking and design.

In 2012 Kara became an active member of the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society's Metalworkers Guild in Lexington, MA, where she was exposed to the fine art of silversmithing and jewelry making. She also, discovered the art of enameling. Through trial and error, and with some strong mentoring, Kara began to become proficient at enameling and cloisonné jewelry. She eventually took a master's class/workshop in 2015. It was after this wonderful experience, that Kara found her style and her true calling.

Presently Kara continues to be an active member of the Lexington Guild, and is now the Enamel Instructor at Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. She is also a tenant of the Western Ave. Studios in Lowell, MA.

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The work shown is currently available, but other work not shown may be available upon request.
To purchase, or for more information, contact the Gallery:
(603) 662-2074



Lotus and Lily Pad Enamel Necklace
Enameling, Sterling & fine silver, black onyx, iolite
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Blue Floral Enamel Necklace

Enameling, Sterling & fine silver, blue onyx, labradorite
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Petal Studs
Fine silver, Sterling posts
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Lotus Enamel Earrings
Enameling, Sterling & fine silver
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Labradorite Stud Earrings
Labradorite, Sterling silver bezel, posts
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Little Lotus Stud Earrings
Fine silver, Sterling posts
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Little Lotus Ruby Pendant
Lab-grown ruby, fine silver, Sterling posts
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Little Lotus Labradorite Pendant
Lab-grown ruby, fine silver, Sterling posts
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Little Lotus Dangle Earrings
Fine silver, Sterling earwires
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Ruby Stud Earrings
Lab-grown rubies, Sterling silver bezel, posts
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About Champlevé and Cloisonné enameling

Champlevé is a style of enamel decoration where enamel is fired into “depressed cells” into a metal background while Cloisonné is a style of enamel decoration where enamel is applied and fired in “raised cells” onto a metal background.

Each piece starts as a flat sheet of fine silver. Through a process called piercing and fusing (using a saw and a torch) I am able to create my basic structure. Then through the fine art of enameling, layering ground glass using a paint brush and water onto the silver, the process begins. The piece is then put into a kiln for one minute at 1500 degrees. The glass fuses and permanently adheres to the silver. This is how I am able to create the background for the next step, laying the wires.

Each cloisonné piece tells a story through a beautiful image. These images are created by forming and shaping the tiniest of fine silver wires, then laying them in place on the first layer of enamel. The piece gets fired again, fusing the wires into place. Now we have our foundation, it's time for color.

Enameling is a long and very time-consuming process. Using only ground glass, water, and a very tiny (double 0) paint brush, the cells made from fine silver wires are filled in with enamel. Each piece is filled and fired in the kiln multiple times. One pendant can take anywhere from 3 - 18 firings.

The process continues until the desired look and colors are achieved. After the artist is satisfied with the look of the enameling, the next process begins.

Stoning the piece. Stoning is a process where the artist grinds the metal and the glass by hand using an alundum stone or diamond files. This process smooths the piece and gives it a nice professional appearance. The piece is cleaned and fired one more time to enhance the glass quality and shine.

It is then and only then that it is ready to be shown/sold.

Lotus and Star uses ONLY NONLEADED ENAMELS.

 

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