Deborah Lozier

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Deborah Lozier celebrates her role as a maker, indulging in the nuances of color and form. She is best known for her innovative firing approaches of 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 a mindful observation of cause and effect. She teaches her students in a similar manner, encouraging them to explore and be present with the materials. “One cannot design and plan for what they do not know to exist. Experimentation is the root of innovation,” she explains.

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. 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.

She has received artist grants from the City of Oakland and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She has served on numerous arts organization boards including six years on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland, the last two as co-chair.

Senior Adjunct Professor, Jewelry Metal Arts

BFA, Arizona State University