Delia Dante is an award winning metal and glass enamel artist from San Francisco who currently resides in Boise, Idaho. She recently opened an new gallery in the heart of downtown Boise.
Delia discovered her artistic passion in the creation of metal and enamel sculptures, wall pieces and jewelry. She works with copper and steel embodied with beautiful enamel colors. Her highly specialized custom fabrication work has produced such masterpieces as the fourteen-foot sculpture “Me Deuce” situated at the bar in Barbacoa Grill in Boise. She is a board member for the International Enamelist Society and has received numerous awards, public and private commissions and donates her art to charitable organizations in the community.
The tremendous popularity and demand for Delia’s fine art enameling classes is the definitive result of her outstanding reputation as an art teacher for twelve years and working as a professional enamel artist since 2004. Students experience an exciting and socially engaging atmosphere while they are designing and creating exquisite and dramatically colorful art in the new fully equipped FireFusion Studio. Instruction in a variety of techniques from beginner to advanced and her Open Studio Access Lab ignite everyone’s creative passion and self expression.
What is Enameling?
Vitreous enamel, also porcelain enamel, is a material made by fusing powdered glass to a substrate glass, by firing, usually between 750 and 850 C (1,380 and 1,560 F). The powder melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal, or on glass or ceramics. The term “enamel” is most often restricted to work on metal. Enameled glass is also called “painted”. Fired enamelware is an integrated layered composite of glass and metal.
The word enamel comes from the Old High German word smelzan (to smelt) via the Old French esmail Used as a noun, “an enamel” is a usually small decorative object, coated with enamel coating. Enameling is an old and widely adopted technology, for most of its history mainly used in jewelry and decorative art. Since the 19th century the term applies also to industrial materials and many metal consumer objects, such as some cooking vessels, dishwashers, laundry machines, sinks, and tubs.