Fusion: Contemporary Enamels from RAM's Collection

February 17 - October 6, 2019

In the context of objects, enameling is the fusing of fine glass particles and, most often, a metal surface at very high temperatures. Enameling can be used to coat functional items, such as cooking ware, yet it can also be used to embellish and decorate. With its origins centuries ago, enameling offered the means to add color to certain materials and it was reportedly used in place of rare gemstones as needed.

With an ever-growing collection, RAM is consistently acquiring examples of contemporary jewelry and metal hollowware, incorporating a range of styles and techniques. This exhibition offers a brief survey of the enamel works available in RAM’s holdings.

Exhibition Notes
Press Room

Farrah Al-Dujaili, Jamie Bennett, Heinz Brummel, Jessica Calderwood, Helen Carnac, Kat Cole, Colette, Ken Cory, Michael Croft, Carolyn A. Currin. Ramón Puig Cuyàs, Marilyn Druin, Elizabeth Garrison, Caroline Gore, Charity Hall, Christopher A. Hentz, April Higashi, June Jasen, Shana Kroiz, David LaPlantz, Rebekah Laskin. Zachery Lechtenberg, Leslie LePere, Allison MacGeorge, James Malenda, Sharon Massey, Richard Meier, Barbara Minor, Joan Parcher, Tod Pardon, Suzan Rezac, Marissa Saneholtz, June Schwarcz, Antonia Schwed, Peter Shire, Natalie Silverstein, Monika Tinker, Marlene True, Silvia Walz, Emily Watson, Sarah West, and Katharine Wood

Jessica Calderwood
Recede (Brooch), 2011

Enamel, copper, sterling silver, graphite, and stainless steel
2 ¼ x 2 3/8 x 1/4 inches
Racine Art Museum,Gift of Family and Friends in
Memory of Josephine McNeill Lewist
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Kat Cole
Structure Necklace, 2014

Steel, enamel, and silver
9 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 1 inches
Racine Art Museum,
Gift of Robert W. Ebendorf and Aleta Braun
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Brooch, ca. 1990

Enamel, metal, gold, sterling silver, and tourmaline
3 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum,
The Donna Schneier Jewelry Collection,
Gift of Donna Schneier and Leonard Goldberg
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Tod Pardon
Intoopoe (#5995), ca. 1995

Sterling silver, enamel, bone, copper, rosewood, and steel
7 3/8 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Charles Bronfman
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Marissa Saneholtz
Manly Man Brooch, 2012

Copper, enamel, tin, and sterling silver
2 3/4 x 1 11/16 x 5/8 inches
Racine Art Museum,
Gift of Robert W. Ebendorf and Aleta Braun
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Emily Watson
Rendered Brooch 18, 2005

Enamel, copper, and sterling silver
4 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 5/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Gail M. Brown
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine


Fusion: Contemporary Enamels from RAM's Collection is made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors
David Charak
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation, Inc.

Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
A. C. Buhler Family
Evinrude Outboard Motors
Lucy G. Feller
Dorothy MacVicar
Bronze Sponsors
John Cram and Matt Chambers
Barbara Delaney
David and Ellen Easley
Andrea and Tony Hauser
Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway
William A. Guenther
Kirsten and Emily Maki Foundation
The Norbell Foundation
Charles H. Patton and Family in Memory of Joan S. Patton


Janna and Dr. Edward Waldeck
Bill and Mary Walker
Media Sponsors