After 25 years as an art teacher at Blue Springs, Norma Marshall was ready to focus on her art.
As a teacher, Norma helped her students experience the joy she felt when she created art. A lifelong painter, she learned how to enamel while working on her master’s degree in art education.
“I love the way that the glass goes slick when it fuses to the copper,” she says.
She has enameled pins, necklaces, and earrings, which are sold all over the country. Each piece is a unique combination of powdered glass, which is sifted onto a copper piece and fired in a kiln. The process is repeated two to five times, and after the last firing, she adds spoonfuls of additional colors of glass and pulls the color through the layers to create flowing curves and lines that bend, guiding the viewer’s eye through the movement of the piece.
“It’s kind of like working with 1500-degree icing,” she says. “I do them one at a time, so they’re all a little different.”