Deborah Lozier was born in Des Moines, Iowa, 1961. Resides in Oakland, California where she is a studio artist and Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts. Attended Arizona State University, Tempe (BFA crafts, 1984). Exhibits and teaches internationally and is best known for her organic, open approach to enamel on copper and steel. Publications include Ornament, Metalsmith and American Craft Magazines, the Lark Publications 1000 Rings, 500 Bracelets, Brooches, Metal Vessels, Pendants & Lockets and The Art of Enameling by Linda Darty. She wrote a chapter on Torch Fired Enamels for Enameling with Profressionals, edited by Lilyan Bachrach. She has received artist grants from the City of Oakland and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Oakland Museum of Califoria. Currently serving her second term on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland.
My relationship with Craft began rooted in process first, content second. I was trained as a metalsmith and began experimenting with torch firing enamel onto copper on my own in 1986. These open explorations lasted for many years, but then something shifted and they began to diverge into a more deliberate approach. This transition was in hind sight inevitable, as the seduction of a material is all encompassing initially but by its very nature is short lived. Ideas which used to begin directly in my hands now begin on paper through drawings and words. How long they exist there is always a challenge and the notion of when to begin hammering becomes a leap of faith. It is this process of working with my hands, however, which extends my understanding, contributes to my thinking and at its best sheds light on an idea found hidden in a shadow.
4.25" x 1" x 1" each
8" x 7" x 5.5"
6" x 6" x 1.5"
16" x 13" x 9"