The fearless fellow pours the molten glass between two rollers that crush the glass into super thin shards.
This is the base to which colorants are added to make the beautiful enamels that we work with daily.
This is the sifting machine. The area behind the white paper conceals magnets that attract any iron particles that result as a part of the sifting process.
Thompson Enamel ... as we know it!
I wish I had more pictures to share. Getting this many was quite difficult because I got so engrossed with what Bill was saying, I forgot to take pictures! By the time I got to the building of the W.W. Carpenter Foundation, which houses the large and beautiful classroom and a comprehensive exhibit of some of the finest ... and oldest ... examples of enamel ... I was gaga! I would like to thank Tom Ellis for taking us through the entire exhibition and for giving us such good information on the pieces.
I took a few pictures of Bill's works of art, which I dare not post here because the lighting was bad. Better for you to look in Linda Darty's book, The Art of Enameling, which I call the bible! There are so many fine examples of his work. He was a watercolorist before turning to enamel, which I think will be obvious in his work.
I'd like to thank everyone at Thompson Enamel who were so warm and welcoming. My husband and I definitely felt as though we belonged to this big, happy family. A belated birthday wish goes to Mr. Carpenter, who celebrated his 95th birthday last Saturday. He and his wife come to work every day, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ... and many times on Saturday! I guess it really is just plain old-fashioned hard work that is the fountain of youth!