June Schwarcz

June Schwarcz (b. 1918) is a metalworker whose arena is enamel. She found her way there through an unexpected route. Born in Denver, she studied writing at the University of Colorado and then at the University of Chicago.

Deciding that "posterity would forgive her" if she put her talents to work elsewhere, she moved East to study industrial design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She married a man also in the field of industrial design and his work at the Stanford Linnear Accelorator brought her in contact with the concept of copper electroplating. She is most well known for her sculptural enamelware vessels. She is in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, the Renwick Gallery, and the Museum of Applied Arts in Zurich, among others.

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June Schwarcz, No. 834, vessel, 1981, Forrest L. Merrill Collection, M. Lee Fatherree photograph

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