Margo Scarpulla

I work in several media including ceramics, glass, and encaustics.

Ceramics

I make one-of-a-kind saggar, naked raku, horse hair and pit-fired pottery. The colors and patterns in the unglazed surface result from smoke, salt, organic matter, metals, and/or oxides fuming and penetrating the clay body. I often add pine needles and beads to enhance the vessels. The firing techniques are low-fire which leave the vessels porous and not suitable for food or liquids.

Glass - Pâte de Verre

Pâte de verre is a method of kiln casting glass. It literally means glass paste. I mix crushed glass with a binding agent to form a paste, apply it to a mold I make from a clay model, then fired it in a kiln. After the firing and cooling, the mold is broken away and the fused glass piece is completed.

Encaustic Paintings

Encaustic paintings are made by painting with a medium containing beeswax, pigment, and a resin. The medium is melted, painted onto a board, then fused with a torch. Multiple layers may be applied, materials imbedded, and various methods used to alter the surface. Encaustic paintings are durable and archival. As with all fine art forms, the surface should not be handled, exposed to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures. A film may develop on the surface for the first six to twelvemonths as the wax cures. This is a natural process called “bloom” and is easily removed by buffing with a soft cloth.

 

I have won awards for my ceramics, glass, and encaustic paintings in various venues in California. I am a member of Fairfield Visual Arts Association, Blue Line Gallery- Roseville, and Art by Fire - Sacramento.