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Chinese Cloisonné Mandala

First you have to know what cloisonné is. I try to describe that information below.  Cloisonné colors are bright, saturated and gorgeous. Some of the best work of this sort has been done in China. When this mandala came out the way it did, Chinese Cloisonné Mandala was the only thing that seemed appropriate as the title.

Description from Cloisonné.com :

Cloisonné Dish

This image is from cloisonné.com.

Cloisonné, French for “cell”, where thin wires are applied to form raised barriers, which contain different areas of enamel applied above the original metal form. An ancient metalworking technique, it is a multi-step enamel process used to produce jewelry, vases, and other decorative items. Objects produced by this process are also called cloisonné.

Cloisonné first developed in the Near East. It spread to the Byzantine Empire and from there along the Silk Road to China. Chinese cloisonné is probably the most well known and ubiquitous. Russian cloisonné from the Tsarist era is highly prized by collectors. Chinese cloisonné is sometimes confused with Canton enamel, a similar type of enamel work that is painted on freehand and does not utilize partitions to hold the colors separate.



So this mandala was fun to do, and it seems in the same spirit as real cloisonné , but enamel work is hard and the people that still do this kind of work are amazing.


Chinese Cloisonné Mandala

1 Comment
  1. This is an amazing one Pam! It has a moving effect when you look at it. Fantastic.

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