Artist

About Carolyn Delzoppo


Carolyn DelzoppoI am a maker of cloisonné enamel jewellery and framed miniatures and have been exhibiting my work for more than three decades.  I have received many awards both in Australia and internationally, including Japan, the United States and Spain. My work is available in selected galleries throughout Australia.



I am a miniaturist. I believe that small is beautiful, and that details are important.

I use the ancient technique of cloisonne enamel on metal to express ideas about contemporary issues to do with plants, effects of weather and seasons, the dangers in genetic modification of plants and the loss of plant and seed diversity world wide. I also love to express the sheer beauty and wonder of flowers and plant forms - they never cease to surprise and delight. I am inspired by observations of my small patch of the planet -  my garden in northern New South Wales.

Cloisonne enamelling appeals to my sense of scale, my love of pattern and fine detail, and my interest in drawing and line.


About enamel 


drawingCloisonne enamel can be recognised by the characteristic fine lines of silver embedded in the enamel glass surface. Traditionally the metal lines were there to outline and separate the different enamel colours, but I prefer to use them as a design element in themselves, freeing them of this role of containment. I try to preserve some of the spontaneity of my pencil drawings when preparing the metal wires for enamelling, so that the line becomes a calligraphic means of expression and communication, and the colours can spill over and around.  The jewel-like colours and liquid-like vitreous surface of enamel are seductively mysterious and richly beautiful.

Enamelling is a process of fusing specially formulated coloured glass to metal by means of heat. The ground glass is applied in five or six thin layers, each being fired at around 820 degrees before proceeding with the next. It is an exacting craft, requiring not only careful placement of wires and grains of colour, but also extensive knowledge of the firing properties of the different enamel types and colours.  Cloisonne enamel  requires painstaking attention to detail and exacting skills to achieve the clarity of colour and detail in the linework. 

broochBoth the miniatures and jewellery are enamelled on fine (pure) silver, and most jewellery is set into frames of sterling silver. I make brooches, earrings, neckpieces and pendants. I particularly love to make brooches, and consider these to be tiny works of art for the body. No two are ever the same, though I often make a series that will be based on a similar theme or idea. I make one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery, both for my own pleasure and expression, and for the technical challenges of the medium.

I also make limited edition jewellery which is available in several outlets throughout Australia.

Enamel is a totally absorbing medium, and even though at times its vagaries can be frustratin.   Enamel does not release it's secrets easily, but rewards those who have the patience to look, take risks and explore.


More recently I have been concentrating on drawing, mostly plant forms.  During 2015 I was Artist-in-Residence at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in Brisbane.


Exhibitions and Awards


Solo Exhibitions
2009    Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne
2003    The Framed Gallery, Darwin
2001    Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney
1999    Lake Russell Gallery, Coffs Harbour
1999    Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia
1998    Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney
1997    Galerie Hock-Graslin, Wolnzach, Germany
1986    Beaver Galleries, Canberra
1985    Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1985    Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne

Awards
Drawing -

2015     First Prize, Works on Paper, Byron Arts Classic, Byron Bay
2014     Second Prize, Border Art Award Exhibition, Tweed Regional     Gallery, Murwillumbah

2014     Most Innovative, National Awards Exhibition of the Australian Society of Miniature Art, Sydney


Enamel -
2010     The Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum Award, 23rd International Cloisonne Jewellery Exh, Japan

2009      Award For Use of Precious Metal, Explorations, A&E Metal Exhibition, Sydney and Melbourne
2009     Special Award, International Exhibition of Enamel Art, Tokyo, Japan
2002     Award for Excellence (2nd Prize), International Exhibition of Enamel Art, Tokyo,

1996     City Council Award, International Exhibition of Enamel Art, Tokyo, Japan
1993     Equal First Prize, 4th Premi Emison d'Esmalt, International Enamel Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain.

1993     Mainichi Press Award, 6th Cloisonne Jewellery Contest, Japan.

1993     Chairman's Award (First Prize), International Exhibition of Enamel Art, Tokyo, Japan.
1991     Award for Excellence in Cloisonne, US Enamelist Society Conference, Kentucky, USA
1988     Makers Mark/Harringtons Award for Contemporary Jewellery and Metalcraft, JMGA Conference Exh.

1996     City Council Award, International Exhibition of Enamel Art, Tokyo, Japan
1993     Equal First Prize, 4th Premi Emison d'Esmalt, International Enamel Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain.
1993     Mainichi Press Award, 6th Cloisonne Jewellery Contest, Japan.
1993     Chairman's Award (First Prize), International Exhibition of Enamel Art, Tokyo, Japan.
1991     Award for Excellence in Cloisonne, US Enamelist Society Conference, Kentucky, USA
1988     Makers Mark/Harringtons Award for Contemporary Jewellery and Metalcraft, JMGA Conference Exh.

Selected Group Exhibitions (of past 2 decades)

2011    Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor, Gallery Artisan, Brisbane and travelling
2011    Bench Mark, Studio Fusion, London  
2010    Melt Down, Australian Enamel Symposium, Sydney
2009    23rd International Cloisonne Jewellery Exh, Tokyo Japan
2009    42th International Exhibition of Enamel Art, Tokyo, Japan
2008    International Exhibition of Cloisonne Jewellery, Tokyo, Japan
2007    10th Anniversary Celebration, Studio Fusion, London, England
2007    50 Brooches, Craft Queensland, Brisbane
2006    Painting with Fire, Australian Enamel Symposium, Sydney
2005    Australian Silver 2005, Tasmanian Craft Fair
2005    Exhibition, International Enamel Conference, USA
2004    Colour Fusions, Australian Enamel Symposium, Sydney
2004    International Exhibition in Print, Metalsmith Magazine, USA
2004    20th Anniversary Exhibition, Lesley Craze Gallery, London
2002    36th International Exhibition of Enamel Art, Tokyo, Japan
2001    International Exhibition of Enamel, San Diego, Ca, USA
2000    Australian Federation Exhibition, Lesley Craze Gallery, London
2000    Invitational Exhibition, International Conference of Enamel, India
1999      Drawn in Form, Brisbane City Council Gallery, Brisbane
1999    International Exhibition of Enamel Art, Tokyo, Japan
1998    Painting with Fire, National Juried Exhibition, Enamel Symposium, Brisbane
1998    Australian Jewellery Today, Galerie Tiller, Vienna, Austria
1998    9th Cloisonne Jewellery Contest, Tokyo, Japan
1997    National Juried Exhibition of Enamel, Craftspace Gallery, Sydney
1996    Glass on Metal, Invitational Exhibition, Tempe Arts Centre, Arizona, USA
1996    8th Cloisonne Enamel Jewellery Contest, Tokyo, Japan
1996    International Juried Exhibition of Enamel Art, Tokyo, Japan
1995    International Exhibition of Enamel Art, Tokyo, Japan
1995    Third International Juried Enamel Art Exhibition, Coburg, Germany
1995    Juried Exhibition of Enamel, Galerie Hock-Grasslin, Munich, Germany
1995    Juried Exhibition, US Enamelist Society Conference, Virginia, USA
1994    National Juried Exhibition of Enamel, Craftspace Gallery, Sydney
1994    7th Cloisonne Jewellery Contest Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
1994    Biennale Internationale de Limoges, Juried Exhibition, Limoges, France
1994    National Juried Exhibition of Enamel, Craftspace Gallery, Sydney
1993    International Exhibition of Enamel Art, Tokyo, Japan
1993    International Juried Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain
1993    National Juried Exhibition of Enamel, Craftspace Gallery, Sydney
1993    Juried Exhibition , US Enamelist Society Conference Exhibition, Ohio, USA
1993    International Exhibition of Cloisonne Jewellery, Tokyo, Japan
1992    International Exhibition of Cloisonne Jewelley, Tokyo, Japan
1992    Blake Award for Religious Art Exhibition, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
1991    International Invitational, All-Russia Museum of Decorative Art, Moscow
1991    Juried Exhibition, US Enamelist Society Conference Exhibition, Kentucky, USA
1990    Biennale Internationale de Limoges, L'Art de E'mail, Limoges, France
1990    Creativ Kreis International Juried Enamel Exhibition, Adelaide


 


 


 


 

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