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Jan Schäfer

Jan Schäfer is one of the few artists in Germany who has explicitly dealt with the art of free enameling for many years. His transparent works in particular often associate small cosmic images of fascinating beauty.

Small enamel journey through time

The art of enamel is around 3500 years old.  The origins of this sophisticated handicraft are in the Mediterranean, between Mycenae and Cyprus.  The Egyptians and the Celts also knew the art of enamel.  At the end of the 17th century, enamel became an integral part of gold and silversmithing, with the sacred area being particularly important.

After the decline in enamel art in the 18th century, this old craft revived in the 19th century.  In the 1960s - 1980s, enamel technology became a widespread handicraft in both East and West.

 

Now in the 21st century, enamel has once again become a very popular design tool for gold, silversmiths and jewelry designers.