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Anna Tai

"In my artwork, I like to combine many different enamel colors - whether bold or restrained, bright or subtle - to create a color palette not available with pure metal work. I enjoy the interplay of a rich set of colors and how it surprises and delights the eye, and inspires curiosity and conversation."

In her pieces, Anna Tai likes to explore color and the balance of extremes. The artist emphasizes the contrast between light and dark, opaque and transparent enamels, and textured and smooth surfaces. She enjoys the precision, structure, and complex detail of the wire work in cloisonne, yet appreciates the changeability of the delicately shaded enamels, which are built up layer by layer.

Tai creates her designs with 24k gold or fine silver cloisonne wire on fine silver. Using many colors, she applies 10-12 layers of moistened enamel powder into the cells to complete the intricate shading and detail of the design. Then the piece is ground down, re-fired, and set into a hand-crafted sterling silver, 14k gold, or 18k gold setting to produce the finished piece of jewelry.

Anna Tai was trained as a physicist and worked as a semiconductor engineer until 1999. In 2000, she returned to a lifelong interest in art and jewelry by taking workshops near her home. A workshop in cloisonne led to a deep passion in making cloisonne jewelry. Tai has taken several more workshops in jewelry making and cloisonne, but is otherwise self-taught.

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Red and Gray Pendant
Enameled Necklace
by Anna Tai
$ 375
Red and Gray Circle...
Enameled Earrings
by Anna Tai
$ 250
Cobblestone Pendant
Enameled Necklace
by Anna Tai
$ 440
Gold Studded Swing Drops
Gold & Silver Earrings
by Anna Tai
$ 275
Garnet Oval Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings
by Anna Tai
$ 375
Garnet Drops
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings
by Anna Tai
$ 225
Garnet Oval Pendant
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace
by Anna Tai
$ 375
Gold Studded Cuff
Gold & Silver Bracelet
by Anna Tai
$ 425
Gold Studded Hoops
Gold & Silver Earrings
by Anna Tai
$ 175
Garnet Oval Cuff
Gold, Silver & Stone Bracelet
by Anna Tai
$ 300
Lantern Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings
by Anna Tai
$ 300
Domed Teardrop Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings
by Anna Tai
$ 425
Round Lantern Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings
by Anna Tai
$ 375
Small Black Galaxy...
Enameled Necklace
by Anna Tai
$ 300
Rings Earrings
Enameled Earrings
by Anna Tai
$ 280
Small Rings Pendant
Enameled Necklace
by Anna Tai
$ 420
Green Abalone Pendant
Enameled Necklace
by Anna Tai
$ 450
Rocket
Enameled Brooch
by Anna Tai
$ 1,800
Rectangular Galaxy...
Enameled Earrings
by Anna Tai
$ 280
Rings Necklace
Enameled Necklace
by Anna Tai
$ 3,500
Yellow Abalone Pendant
Enameled Necklace
by Anna Tai
$ 500
Space Station
Enameled Necklace
by Anna Tai
$ 570
Waterfall Marquise...
Enameled Earrings
by Anna Tai
$ 280
Large Rings Pendant
Enameled Necklace
by Anna Tai
$ 450
Waterfall Necklace
Enameled Necklace
by Anna Tai
$ 2,100
Rings Earrings
Enameled Earrings
by Anna Tai
$ 280
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Juror Award for Jewelry, "Beyond Borders", NCEG Biennial International Enamel Exhibition, Richmond, CA, Richmond Art Center, 2012
Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA, Marinship Park, 2011
"Surfacing", Enamelist Society Exhibition, Oakland, CA, ProArts Gallery, 2009
American Craft Council Show, San Francisco, CA, Fort Mason, 2008 - 2010, 2012
Contemporary Crafts Market, Santa Monica, CA, Santa Monica Civic Center, 2007-2010