I enamel because it allows me to leave behind artistic artifacts that reflect the time and place that I live, New Orleans. I enamel in New Orleans because of the numerous costume holidays and rich culture from food to celebrating. Enameling is the ancient art of melting thin layers of glass onto copper, fine silver, 18k gold and iron. The first enamels date back to Egypt over 4000 years ago. Transparent enamels are enchanting permanent watercolors, while opaque colors are bold and graphic. My enamel colors are inspired by the vibrant hued houses in New Orleans and by the glitter and sparkle of the Muses parade. New Orleans has seeped into my soul and filters out through my hands and into my work, play and dreams.
Catherine DeYoung is a New Orleans artist living and working in the East Carrollton neighborhood.
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