[New Orchid Gallery] Yvonne Cupolo

Yvonne Cupolo
Rochester, New York. USA

In college, I majored in Painting and Drawing ; I have a BFA from
Rochester Institute of Technology in 1970. It was after graduation
that I learned to make metal jewelry. I went back to college, at The
State University at Brockport, New York , because Albert Paley was
teaching Metalsmithing there. I learned forging, forming,
fabrication , and craftsmanship.I earned my MFA in 1983.

Cloisonne enamel is the perfect medium for the colorful imagery of
the animals that I love. I bezel-set , and often add gemstones to
compliment and enhance the enamels. Each piece is original and
handmade. I like the idea of creating and wearing jewelry that
celebrates the beauty of nature, or the love for a pet. It reflects
a value system apart from the conventional penchant for big diamonds
and heavy gold chains.

I balance my time in the studio with teaching enameling and
metalsmithing. I have taught workshops at colleges and educational
institutions since 1982.I am a faculty member of The Memorial Art
Gallery of The University of Rochester New York, and since 2011, I
have taught a class in cloisonne at The Studio of The Corning Museum
of Glass in Corning New York. I enjoy teaching because I love seeing
the pleasure and satisfaction that students enjoy after completing a
project. Students inspire me too, and the problem-solving aspect of
helping a student fabricate a metal and enamel object is a

My work has been published in “Contemporary Enameling” by Lilyan
Bachrach ( Schiffer 2006 ) In 2010 I won 1st prize in jewelry at the
prestigious Art Show at the Dog Show in Wichita , Kansas. It is a
national competition for dog art, and it led to a one man show at
The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in St. Louis. Other
exhibits include The Enamelist Society, Artisan Gallery in NYC,
“Objects” in Seattle and 1000 Islands Museum Craft School.

Passion is contagious! Show us your passion, Show us your work!

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