Deborah Lozier celebrates her role as a maker, indulging in the nuances of color and form. She is best known for her organic approach to vitreous enamel-fused glass on metal. Although the medium is labor intensive by nature, her work evokes a sense of relaxed ease.
She coaxes the forms and surfaces to reveal their beauty through mindful observation, gathering in their potential. She teaches her students in a similar manner, encouraging them to explore and be present with the materials. She explains, “One cannot design and plan for what they do not know to exist. Experimentation is the root of innovation.”
Teaching at CCA and as a visiting artist across the United States and England has been a central focus throughout her career. Working with students from many walks of life has informed her studio approach with a rich understanding of the materials from diverse points of view. “I gather information from a room full of science experiments, not just my own. It's amazing what comes from all of this exploration.”
Lozier's work has been published in six of the Lark Publications 500 Series, and she authored a chapter on torch-fired enamels for Enameling with Professionals, by Lilyan Bachrach. She exhibits nationally and internationally and stretches beyond her personal work to include public and private commissions.
Along with her studio practice, Lozier's works within the community as an advocate for learning through the arts. Past projects include working with inmates at the Vocational Machine Shop at San Quentin State Prison and high school students at the McClymonds Educational Complex in her West Oakland neighborhood.
Locally she is represented by Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco. She has received artist grants from the City of Oakland and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She served on the board of the Bay Area Metal Arts Guild for nine years and was president of the organization in 1994.
She just finished a six-year term as a member of the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland, the last year as cochair.
Senior Adjunct Professor, Jewelry Metal Arts