Nicolette Absil

Nicolette Absil
Pennsylvania 

 

I am inspired by the patterns, textures, and silhouettes that occur in nature. I combine precious metals, vitreous enamel, and gemstones to create beautiful and unique contemporary heirlooms.

My work focuses on vitreous enameling, a process in which I fuse glass to metal in a kiln. I hand draw or paint delicate natural imagery onto the enamel, and often under-fire the top layer of glass to create textures that mimic those in nature such as sand, orange peels, or rippling water. I fuse gold foil into my enamels and use gemstones as accents to create pops of color against the often monotone enamel color palette. When the enamels are complete, I hand fabricate settings in precious metals which serve to both protect and draw attention to the enamel itself.

 

Nicolette is featured in Pistachio's Winter 2022 'Touch of Gold' exhibition alongside Karin Jacobson, Sarah Pulvertaft, Emily Rogstad, and Hiromi Suter.