Artist Louise Rauh puts her background in paper and metal together to create a fascinating textural line of vessels and jewelry.

Etched Vessels technique:  "The etched pieces begin as 16 gauge bowls or found aluminum objects. Asphaultum, a resist commonly used in printmaking and jewelry, is applied by brush to the surface of the bowl in a deliberate pattern and placed in an alkaline bath for 1 –3 hours. The resist protects portions of the piece while the alkaline solution gradually dissolves exposed metal. This process is repeated between 20 –30 times over 6-8 weeks to achieve the desired depth and intricacy of the surface design. The piece is then cleaned, bleached in an acid solution and finished with several applications of acrylic ink."

Jewelry:  "The surface texture of my jewelry pieces is achieved by an embossing process using a steel rolling mill. Starting with sheet silver, aluminum, or titanium, I sandwich the metal between layers of mesh or fiber and put them through the rolling mill several times until the desired surface is accomplished. I finish the pieces by hand folding or forming them around a metal stake. The titanium is heat treated with a small torch flame. The amount of heat determines the color of the metal. The aluminum pieces are colored with acrylic inks and finished acrylic varnish."

Bio:  Louise Rauh was born and raised in Endicott N.Y. where her art teachers strongly encouraged her to pursue a career in dentistry. Upon relocating to Iowa City she developed an interest in fine crafts. Inspired by the work produced by “local” artists Chunghi Choo and Mary Merckel-Hess she enrolled in the University of Iowa Fine Arts program where she studied under the guidance of Professor Choo. Louise took time off from graduate studies to open a fine art and craft gallery, “Studiolo”, in Iowa City, Iowa with partners John Rauh and Justine Zimmer. She received her MFA in the Spring of 2000, closed the gallery in the summer of 2002 and has been happily creating pieces and involved in exhibitions ever since. She has participated in many fine craft shows throughout the US including The Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and the American Craft Exposition in Evanston Illinois.


Louise Rauh

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