Kim Lucci Elbualy was born in a large extensive Italian family in the Beaver Falls area of Pittsburg. She completed her BFA in Metals/Jewelry from Temple University, Tyler School of Art in 1990. In 1992/93, Kim established her own studio in Central PA where she primarily grew up, married and currently lives with her husband.
Kim completed her MFA Degree from Kent State University in jewelry/Metal in 2005. During that time she had the opportunity to enjoy teaching in the metals studio and was fortunate to receive a two year teaching assistantship coming into the program. Kim also had the opportunity to teach a secondary class and an advanced tabletop component class; where she had the opportunity to share some of her own past experiences in making flatware and functional work. As a graduate student, Kim began welding copper and torch-firing enamels onto the surface of her pieces; giving her the opportunity to use a painterly approach to bringing color onto the forms without the confines of a kiln.
I happen to visit a friends' roomates' rubber factory and came home with a bunch of colored rubber matt cut-offs. I used this on the band saw and hand carved texture. I really loved the aesthetic quality of the rusted steel and rubber.
rusted steel, carved rubber.
Sculptural Bracelet with Enamel
enamel on copper (etched), carved rubber
fold formed copper (back/fabricated sterling silver).
Abound (back view)
I had so much fun playing with these forms.
Exploring New Techniques in Metal
In graduate school I wanted to explore new techniques in metal sculpture, have the opportunity to teach metals and develop and refine my abilities as an artist.
Etched copper, formed, welded w/patina finish (My first exploritory example of welding.
Using two main sheets of copper, I cut and formed the main form and welded it together. The edges are melted to thicken edge. The form was kiln and torch-fired in enamel
Welded Inner Structure w/wrapped copper strips, melted edges to thicken, initial transparent color was kiln fired, remaining colors were torch-fired many times.
Detail of Front
My First Attempt Installation Work Using Welding & Torch-Firing Enamels