The National Ornamental Metal Museum unveiled its latest "Tributaries" artist, Sarah Perkins, with her lecture last night at the Memphis College of Art, soon to be available on the museum’s website and YouTube channel thanks to the WRUG MEDIA group. Perkins’ work is now on display through February 19th, with the exhibitions’ opening reception set for this coming Sunday, December 11th, from noon to 5 p.m., in a combined celebration with the museum’s Holiday Open House. The absolutely free event will feature a bake-off, hands-on activities and blacksmith demonstrations, holiday music by pianist Hayley Roth, and discounted items in the museum store with 10 percent off of purchases for non-members and 20 percent for members.
Perkins is also set to teach a course offered through the museum in April. Enamel on copper will instruct students of all levels in making a series of samples using different enameling techniques on copper sheet, and then designing and constructing a light switch plate or simple jewelry piece to take home at the end of the weekend.
She received her BA from San Diego State University and MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and has held a position as Professor of Art at Missouri State University, teaching within the medium of jewelry and metals since 1994. Perkins’ exhibition will consist of small, lidded containers made of enameled metal with an interest in how delicate differences in shape can affect the meaning of a piece. In her work as both a maker of hollowware and an enameler, the properties of metal and glass function together to make a whole, with materials complementing and completing each other.
Also on display are new exhibitions “Fresh,” from the pages of Metalsmith magazine (a publication of the Society of North American Goldsmiths), and “Weighed in the Balance,” a showcase of Akan gold weights from the Canadian Museum of Making.