Art Principles and History

Art Fundamentals

What is enamel?

Enamel is colored glass that is fired and fused to metal for decoration. One of the earliest forms of enameling known as cloisonné was popular in the Byzantine period and in medieval Europe. Cloisonné involves firing enamel into small metal compartments (called cloisons), which have been soldiered to a metal plate. Then, the entire piece is fired in a kiln to create a jewel-like effect.


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