About Sandra Bradshaw
I have pursued a Fine Arts career that combines enameling as well as painting and drawing. I think it shows in my jewelry that I have a strong drawing background with a good eye for line.I have blown glass, done ceramics and jewelry and painted in watercolor, pastel and oil. Enameling is an ancient medium that traps pure pigments in glass. One can get brilliant permanent colors possible in no other medium.
Starting in 1994 I learned through a business partner, John Ryan, the exacting technique of plique-a-jour. I enjoy pushing the limits of this medium by making larger cells and using contemporary designs, which are more difficult. My degree is at Brigham Young University with further study at San Jose State University. I have studied with Margarete Seeler, Valeri Timofeev, Russian plique-a-jour, Galina Selezneva, enamel painting and Alan Revere, jewelry. Currently and for the last 10 years I have taught one day a week at the Cubberley Center of the Palo Alto Culture Center. I have been newletter editor for the Northern California Enamel Guild since 1987.
At the age of 12 I decided I wanted to be an artist. I had a great uncle who did murals around Utah and who had given my grandmother a painting that hung over a window above her couch. I had to look way up to see it, but I loved it. He was a realist of the Hudson River School. I have since evolved into a figure drawer who does other media including enameling (glass on metal). I do not believe in a division between "fine arts" and "crafts" and go equally into drawing, painting, jewelry and /or wall plaques - whatever is appropriate for my current idea. I consider myself a mixed media artist. I enjoy teaching where I can tailor the material to meet the individual needs of the students. In enameling the current focus of my work is plique-ŕ-jour and Limoges painting technique. I have an earring business going in the plique-ŕ-jour technique and portrait necklaces in the Limoges.
My current sculpture pieces combine the techniques into one piece. Two sided fans, with a sub theme of the mundane made beautiful uses Limoges on the body of the fan and plique-ŕ-jour on the lace. Hence the first fan used a copper scouring pad as the texture and the plique-ŕ-jour lace. The next one used some die struck copper dragon fly wings that just happened to be copper so I could fill the openings with enamel. I then screw mounted those onto the fan with opals. The third in the series uses common brass pull chain. The influences in my work are Henri de Toulous-Lautrec, Gaugin, Egon Schielle, Gustov Klimt, Mucha, Rubens, and Bottecelli. I love the Art Nouveau and the Renaissance periods, but I am very much a modernist in my experimental use of media. I once dipped my brush in the remnants of my chocolate milk and painted with it because it was very much the color of the model's skin.