Emaux de Bressans-Breath Enamel

Emaux de Bressans-Breath Enamel

Bresse's enamel, "Emo Bressan," first appeared in the 14th century, but its present form has existed for about 200 years.


These delicate jewelery was very popular among the bourgeois of Bourg-en-Bresse, the capital of the Bresse region of eastern France, known for its award-winning "Poulet de Bresse".Enamel was considered a gift to the bourgeoisie and was sought after by figures such as the Queen of Italy and the Shah of Iran.What makes these "Emo Bressan" stand out is the pearl rosas (rose flower decoration) and the gold leaf filigree used in the center of each piece.


Bresse enamel requires a lot of advanced skills.


"It will take several years before we are good at cooling enamel and symmetry."


Says the craftsman.The first step is to shape the silver base on which the enamel is placed.Then cover the base thinly with Smarty (enamel paste).If you don't like the color, you can add a metal such as copper or cobalt to give it a shine.Then bake in the oven for a few minutes about 5-7 times.

After firing the enamel, decorate it.First press the gold to the appropriate thickness and laminate.When the gold sheet is flattened, it is punched into small pieces called "pylon dolls".The enamel is placed with a small paintbrush and when fully placed, the ends are soldered.The individual is sanded, surrounded by a thin silver wire.


"The work is small and the work is very painstaking. It's not an easy technique. Today I still use the same tools that were used centuries ago, but this takes time. There are no shortcuts. It takes time, so we only manufacture 2000-3000 bottles a year. "


There were 100 to 10 workshops of this kind in the town 20 years ago.However, people's tastes have changed, tourists have increased, and the advent of cheap foreign enamel and brightly colored resins has put pressure on local crafts.But the future of enamel is guaranteed.Young enamel craftsmen are trained and a growing interest in old traditions ensures that they survive.

Machines may be able to shape, paint and sand bracelets and rings, but the whimsical, distinctive and artistic marriage of these tiny designs is a loving human hand. Is required.


Source: offbeat france

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