University of California, Santa Cruz
Penland School of Crafts
Rochester Institute of Technology School of American Crafts, residency
Since 2005, Amber Mahler has been working with unique materials to create pieces in silver and gold that are both distinctive and sophisticated. Botanicals collected from her walks in nature or grown in her garden, glass powdered enamels, and vintage tins from across the globe feature prominently in her current work. Amber Mahler's botanical series push the boundaries of what is considered possible in that medium, successfully casting flowers and other delicate flora.
The seedpods, flowers, buds and twigs in my botanical series are collected from my walks in the woods near my home. They are lost wax cast silver and gold originals of the actual flowers and branches that I gathered. This commitment to "live casting" insures that I must continually forage for or grow in my garden new material to be cast. The beauty of the lost wax technique is that each casting is entirely unique. By pushing the boundaries of what is considered possible with this process, I have captured very detailed organic matter, I think not yet seen before in metal.
Enamel Bubbles & Vintage Tin
The enameled circles in the bubbles series are grouped asymmetrically to suggest bubbles effervescing up the neckline. The series is inspired by art nouveau and is my attempt to capture the essence of a particular series of drawings in three dimensions. I want the work to feel like a treasured and antique relic. For this reason I often "over fire" the enamel circles, either by torch or in the kiln, to reveal darker tones in the glass powder. This adds a hint of weathered worth to the piece.