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Photo: Allan Collier Collection
I have to admit, this enamel work is pretty unfamiliar territory for me. These are decorative, studio made objects, which are subject to something of a design bias. While Canadian ceramics (including studio pottery) seems to get a fair amount of attention, this kind of metalwork goes relatively uncelebrated in design circles.
Aesthetically the motifs and colour schemes do show their age, still, many are quite striking and the material itself is pleasingly crisp and clean. While not as prevalent as ceramics, Canada appears to have a strong tradition with the medium. Here’s a selection of enameled plates from the Allan Collier Collection.