Most likely signed “V. Porter” within the enamel itself on the underside bottom but the signature is covered by an original artist’s paper label that reads: “Handcrafted Enamel On Copper By Virginia Porter 25 Whittier Road Wellesley Hills, Mass. 02181”
Condition: Excellent and clean condition — absolutely beautiful! This bowl is a very nice example of Virginia Porter’s modern enamel art – which is rarely available on the market! Also, Please Note: The artist’s paper label has some minor wear.
Please scroll down to read the artist’s biography!
VIRGINIA D. (ACEVEDO) PORTER 1929-2011 (information courtesy the website for “Friends Of The Ashland Library” from 2006)
ENAMELING: AN ART FORM HUNDREDS OF YEARS OLD IS STILL ENCHANTING
Virginia D. Porter opens a new exhibition at the Ashland Public Library.
Virginia Porter is a professional enamellist (one who ornaments metal surfaces by covering them with an infusion of various mineral substances.) Porter, an artist from Ashland, MA, has been working with kiln-fired enamel (i.e. glass) on metal for over 30 years. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art (B.S. in Art Education) and has taught enameling for the Wellesley Arts & Crafts Guild, the Worcester Crafts Center, Wellesley Adult Education, the Dana Hall School and the De Cordova Museum.
She continues to learn and refine her enameling techniques with new courses, most recently at Hot Glass Horizons, Corning, New York. Porter remains active in the Southboro Arts Center, the Concord Art Association and the National Enamel Guild.
She has received numerous awards for her art including first prize in crafts at the Wellesley Arts & Crafts Guild Annual Members’ Exhibit in 1995, Honorable Mention for dicroic glass jewelry, 1997 and 2nd prize in crafts in 1999. In the Southboro Art Center Annual Members’ Award Show she received second prize (3D) in 1996 and honorable mention in the Annual Regional Juried Show in 2001. Her work was also exhibited in the 1997 North America East Enamels, juried exhibition. In June 2002 she received third prize in the Concord Art Association Birdhouse Competition for her enamel birdhouse.
She says “working with glass on metal in my kiln is exciting, suspenseful and almost magical. I work directly on my pieces using the enamels, the metal and the heat of the kiln to achieve my concept. When I’m creating, I lose myself in the process and although there are basic elements that are exacting, this process for me is a spiritual experience. The contemporary application of enamels and fused glass allows me unlimited opportunity to apply creative energy and challenge to my imagination.”
Virginia Porter’s exhibition is located upstairs in the fireplace room at the Ashland Public Library, 66 Front St., Ashland, MA. Her work will be on display from the 1st of September to the 31st of October.
(The following is a reprint of Virginia Porter’s obituary)
August 4, 1929 – August 7, 2011 Virginia D. (Acevedo) Porter, 82, passed away Sunday, August 7th
Artist, wife, and mother of four, she is survived by her husband Henry; children Henry David, Nancy Jean, John Charles and Cameron Nichols; and five grandchildren. Devoted to her husband of 60 years, Porter was actively involved in family life until her decline in health in July. A talented artist, Porter was a founding member of the Wellesley Arts and Crafts Guild (1971-2002), where she was also a president and treasurer. Her B.S. degree in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art led her to teach enameling at various locations, including the Worcester Crafts Center and the DeCordova Museum. Friends are invited to join the family in celebrating Mrs. Porter’s life on Saturday, August 20 at 2 PM in the Unitarian Church located at 309 Washington St. Wellesley, Ma. Flowers can be sent to arrive at the church on August 19.