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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- 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