'Enamelling - The Complicity of Fire and Art' - by Andreu Vilasís
We're excited to be introducing the English translation of this absolutely stunningly beautiful hardback book, filled with everything you could ever need to know about enamelling. This technical book has had a complete overhaul and refresh, and has lots of new additions and information.
This technical manual covers everything from 'What is enamel' and what tools you need, to how to work with enamels and techniques new and old.
Included are chapters on enamelling techniques such as the traditional Cloisonné, Champlevé and Plique-à-jour and the more modern Sgraffito and Stencils, as well as more unusual techinuqes, like electro-forming, oxidation, photo enamel, and decals.
This book will give you a wonderful introduction to the centuries-old art of enamelling. Written with clarity and passion by a leader in the field, this book covers all the popular techniques.
Whether you are a beginner at enamelling or have some experience in the art, you'll find this an excellent reference book. You will not be able to flick through this book without feeling inspired, with stunning high detail photos of intricate enamel work.
Fully illustrated, 256 pages, hardcover.
English translation of 'Esmaltar. La complicidad del fuego con el arte'
Translation by Mer Almagro.
This book was first published in Catalan in 1982 and was at the time the first professional, technical manual on the art of enamel over metals published in Europe in the 20th century. It was translated into Spanish in 1983, and went through several revisions. In 2022 it had a complete update and overhaul and - finally - it is now translated into English!
Andreu Vilasís was born in Barcelona in 1934, and has been a vitreous enamel artist since the 50’s. Andreu began teaching in the 1970’s at the Llotja School and was a professor well into his seventies. His work is exhibited in many museums. He was an active artist and helped work on the updated version of this book up to his last days.
In 2022 he was awarded the Cross of Sant Jordi, posthumously, for his long career as an enameller of international prestige. Not only for his creative work but also for his continued work as a teacher.
We leave you with Andreu's own words;
"I hope and desire that the reader of this book will find within it a guide in their tasks, emerging from the experience of an entire life dedicated to this art."