Sarah E. Perkins


Art and Design
Role: Faculty Emeritus
Campus: Springfield



  • MFA, 1992, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • BA, Art and German, 1979, San Diego State University


  • ART 223 Beginning Metals and Jewelry
  • ART 322 Intermediate Metals: casting and raising
  • ART 323 Intermediate Metals: enameling
  • ART 324 Advanced Metals
  • ART 399 Individual Instruction

Research and professional interests

  • Specializes in hand formed and fabricated metal containers and bowls that reference objects of domestic use. Vitreous enamel is then fused to the surfaces of the objects, so that the finished pieces are an integration of the two materials, each completing and complementing the other.  

Awards and honors

Selected awards

  • Juror’s Award at “Jewelry+Objects,” Michigan Silversmith’s Guild at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, 2011
  • Creative Arts Award, Enamelist Society, 2009
  • Juror for images to be included in the book “500 Enameled Objects,” a Lark Publication, 2009
  • First Place at “Wichita National,” Wichita Center for the Arts, 2005
  • Delivered “Enameled Cups” lecture at the New York Silver Society Summer Symposium, 2004

 Selected recent exhibitions

  • “Sarah Perkins, Enameled Containers,” Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Mass., 2012
  • "CU29: Contemporary Work in Copper," the Society of North American Goldsmiths Annual Conference, 2012
  • “44thannual National Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood Exhibition, ”Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa, 2012

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