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Artist: Teryl Williams

It's not every day you will meet an artist who names their kiln. Teryl Williams of Pleasant Hill brings her uniquely-crafted jewelry to the festival. Another one of our many new artists.

"Dreaming in a vivid and fluid like rainbow of color has always been what my daydreams entail. When I discovered enamel (fusing of glass to metal under high heat) and the ability to place what was dancing around in my imagination into jewelry, my passion for color exploded onto the canvas of metal/jewelry. The fire breathing over the glass, onto the metal and watching them become one, had me hooked with the purchase of my first torch. Eventually graduating to a kiln and respectfully named Fiery Fern. After thousands of pieces and hours spent in my studio, I am still mesmerized each time I open the kiln door and see the different color combinations that are brought to life. Each piece is fired at a minimum of 1450 degrees and placed in the kiln 3 to 5 times to achieve the layers of color combinations I am trying to master. Fire can sometimes be unpredictable and in those moments of uncertainty, “Happy Accidents” sometimes occur, these pieces seem to become my favorites."

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