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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Two-Piece Cobblestone Earrings
Enameled Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 450
$ 382.50
Cobblestone Pendant
Enameled Necklace

by Anna Tai
$ 440
$ 374
Oxidized Red and Gray Pendant
Enameled Necklace

by Anna Tai
$ 465
$ 395.25
Cobblestone Oval Earrings
Enameled Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 300
$ 255
Oxidized Red and Gray Earrings
Enameled Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 275
$ 233.75
Red and Gray Pendant
Enameled Necklace

by Anna Tai
$ 375
$ 318.75
Rainbow Circle Earrings
Enameled Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 250
$ 212.50
Rainbow Teardrop Earrings
Enameled Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 325
$ 276.25
Red and Gray Circle Earrings
Enameled Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 250
$ 212.50
Garnet Oval Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 375
$ 318.75
Garnet Drops
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 225
$ 191.25
Garnet Oval Cuff
Gold, Silver & Stone Bracelet

by Anna Tai
$ 300
$ 255
Gold Studded Hoops
Gold & Silver Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 200
$ 170
Garnet Oval Pendant
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

by Anna Tai
$ 375
$ 318.75
Gold Studded Cuff
Gold & Silver Bracelet

by Anna Tai
$ 425
$ 361.25
Lantern Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 300
$ 255
Domed Teardrop Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 425
$ 361.25
Pink Teardrop Abstract Pendant
Enameled Necklace

by Anna Tai
$ 380
$ 323
Blue and Green Abstract Pendant
Enameled Necklace

by Anna Tai
$ 500
$ 425
Circular Black Galaxy Earrings
Enameled Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 250
$ 212.50
Teardrop Galaxy Earrings
Enameled Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 280
$ 238
Small Galaxy Rectangle Pendant
Enameled Necklace

by Anna Tai
$ 320
$ 272
Small Galaxy Teardrop Pendant
Enameled Necklace

by Anna Tai
$ 300
$ 255
Rings Earrings
Enameled Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 280
$ 238
Circular Galaxy Earrings
Enameled Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 250
$ 212.50
Small Rings Pendant
Enameled Necklace

by Anna Tai
$ 420
$ 357
Waterfall Marquise Earrings
Enameled Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 280
$ 238
Yellow Abalone Pendant
Enameled Necklace

by Anna Tai
$ 500
$ 425
Space Station
Enameled Necklace

by Anna Tai
$ 570
$ 484.50
Split Waterfall Pendant
Enameled Necklace

by Anna Tai
$ 680
$ 578
Green Abalone Pendant
Enameled Necklace

by Anna Tai
$ 450
$ 382.50
Rocket
Enameled Brooch

by Anna Tai
$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Large Rings Pendant
Enameled Necklace

by Anna Tai
$ 450
$ 382.50
Rings Earrings
Enameled Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 280
$ 238
Rectangular Galaxy Earrings
Enameled Earrings

by Anna Tai
$ 280
$ 238
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