Kaleidoscope


As far back as I remember, art has always been a major influence in my life. My father was an architect and my parents collected art locally from the Detroit suburb where I grew up, and throughout their travels. It was in high school where I developed my love of metalwork, the cool feel, the malleability created with heat along with the textures, and shapes formed with a hammer.

After a stint of traveling through the Caribbean for several years my husband, Steve Kuntz, and I relocated in Oregon in 1981. With the abundant driftwood found in this area, and encouraged by my husband, I got into wood sculpture.
It became apparent after having our daughter in 1988 that it was a little difficult running a chainsaw, and listening for my baby's cry. It was then that I reclaimed my interest in jewelry.

With the desire for more color in my work and the expansiveness of color enamels offered, I began working with them. The shading that can be acquired, blending from one color to the next is incredible, I knew I had found my niche. Cloisonné is the enameling technique I use most, the term coming from the French word “cloison”, meaning an enclosed cell or area. I bend 24k gold, or fine silver ribbon and wire into designs that is then adhered on to fine silver with clear glass and fired in a kiln. Once cool, ground glass in a variety of colors is added to the piece and then re-fired at 1450 degrees for 2 minutes. Layer upon layers of glass are added with as many as 20+ firings.

I like to create pieces that follow the natural lines of the body as in my “Boa” series. enamels and gemstones are set in silver that curves around the neck and slithers down the chest in a gentle curve. It looks and feels beautiful and is fun to wear.


Awards
2015 Niche Award Finalist
2013 Niche Award Finalist
2012 Niche Award Winner Gold and Stones Category, and Metal Enameled Category
2011 Designer Jewelry Showcase Award Winner
2011 Niche Award Finalist
2010 Niche Award Winner, Silver and Stones Category held in Philadelphia
2008 Niche Award Finalist,
Metal Enameled category held in Philadelphia
2007 Niche Award Winner, Silver and Stones category held in Philadelphia 2006 Niche Award Winner, Metal Enameled category held in Philadelphia 2005 Niche Award Winner, Metal Enameled category held in Philadelphia 2004 Niche Award Winner, Gold and Stones category held in Philadelphia 2003 Niche Award Finalist, Metal Enameled category held in Philadelphia 1996 Metal Arts Show,in San Francisco,First Place

Publications
Oregon Coast Magazine, Dec, 2016
MJSA Journal, January 2013
American Style Magazine, Fall 2012
Niche magazine, Winter 2008
Jewelry Artist Magazine, July 2007
Niche magazine, Spring 2007
Niche magazine, Winter 2007
Niche magazine, Spring 2006
Contemporary Enameling-by Lilyan Bachrach, published January 2006 American Style Magazine-December 2005 Niche magazine, Spring 2005 Niche magazine. Winter 2005 AJM magazine, 2004 Niche magazine, Spring 2004 Niche magazine, Winter 2004 Art Jewelry Today-by Donna Meilach, published 2003
Business Watch, Coos Bay, Oregon in 2003
Niche magazine, Winter 2003