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Orsoni Gold Smalti: From Cartellina to Incorporation

Orsoni Gold smalti in orange. Photo by Margaret Almon.
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Orsoni Gold smalti in orange. Photo by Margaret Almon.

The cartellina is a veil of blown glass which protects the gold leaf laid on a glass chunk, making a delicate sandwich.  The cartellina, overlaying each of these pieces from the Orsoni Foundry,  is variegated from yellow to red orange, like flame.  Incorporate is the first word that comes to me when I contemplate using gold smalti in my work: unite into one body.

Fire Spiral Mandala by Margaret Almon. Glass, gold smalti, dichroic on slate, 7 inches.
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Fire Spiral Mandala by Margaret Almon. Glass, gold smalti, dichroic on slate, 7 inches.

Mosaics from the Source:  Orsoni Smalti Veneziana  Great photo essay by James Martin on the process of making smalti.

 

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