Collection size: 1.0 linear ft.
Collection Summary: Primarily printed material including books, catalogs and magazines relating to crafts, enamels and metals. Also, files on Schwarcz's 1999 retrospective at the San Francisco Craft and Folk Museum; photographs, slides and transparencies.
Biographical/Historical Note: Jeweler; Sausalito, California, b.1918. June Schwarcz, a long-time resident of Sausalito, Calif., is one of the preeminent contemporary enamelists in the United States. She has an international reputation in a medium that corresponds with her forty years in California. Looking to nature for inspiration, she began enameling readymade copper vessels. Soon she began hammering her own bowls. Eventually she developed a signature method of drawing paper patterns and cutting them from a lightweight, flexible copper foil that was amenable to folding and sewing like textiles. The piece is then immersed in an electroforming bath for several days. The resulting enameled or oxidized vessels represent a unique development in enamel-on-metal technique, one that distinguishes her among her fellow American crafts artists.
Donated 2001 by June Schwarcz. Additions are expected.
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