The Color of Enamel: New Work by Leighelena

Posted December 4, 2011 in Press Releases

Austin Artist Uses Bright Colors and Expressive Patterns in her Enamel Jewelry

Contemporary jewelry using the age-old process of fusing metal and glass together to create bright enamel will be on display in The Color of Enamel: New Work by Leighelena, an Artist Hall exhibition at HCCC. Austin jewelry artist Leigh Navarro, of Leighelena, creates beautiful enamel jewelry through a process of applying powders and various fragments of glass onto the surface of hand-cut copper shapes and then firing the pieces in a kiln.

As an artist, Navarro is interested in the unpredictable chemical reactions that occur with different materials, and she experiments with enamel and frit. Many of her finished pieces feature bright color and intricate patterns inspired by the leathers and animal skins that she incorporates into her work. The exhibition features a variety of pieces, from cuffs to necklaces.

WHEN: Exhibition Dates: December 4, 2010 – January 30, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 9, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
(Coincides with the Fall AIR Open Studio Event, showcasing the studios of the current HCCC artists-in-residence.)

WHERE: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street in the Museum District
713/529.4848 (

ADMISSION: FREE to the public

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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
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