Sándor Paál – TŰZZOMÁNC

Enamel artist

My story:

My official surname is Pál but in the Reform Age during the 19th century it was still spelt as Paál. I use this version in the world of enamel art. I started to learn enamel design in 1979-80 as a student of architecture at the Drawing Department of Budapest University of Technology, under the supervision of my master, sculptor and painter artist István Kákonyi. My work draws on the Hungarian and European motif treasure of the culture of the past one thousand years: the age of the Hungarian Land-Taking, the Age of the House of the Árpád Dynasty, the Romanesque, the Renaissance and the extremely rich folk art legacy are great sources of inspiration but of course I am also inspired by our modern world.

What will you find here?

Enamel is a 3500-year-old technique. To create enamelwork, a vitreous material is melted onto a metal surface, mostly applied in the form of a powder, until the two materials fuse. Enamelled products may retain their colour and noble look for any time. The enamel decorations of our wonderful Holy Crown, for instance, have been glaring for at least a millennium.
I apply enamel onto copper and the burning temperature is 850-900°C. The jewellery fittings are made of silver of 925 per mille purity. The material of the beads are cultured pearls or half precious stones (e.g., onyx, amber, garnet, etc.). The picture frames are made of wood.
With this thousand-year-old craft, I strive to convey to our present day the spiritual and formal motifs of our culture, which has been refining from time immemorial, by grafting it into this material of enduring beauty, combining it with the experiments and findings of our quest.