I enjoy highlighting lesser known women designers of the 20th century.  Today we feature Mid Century Modern copper enamelist:  Evelyn Wentz

What:  Colorful abstract and impressionistic mid-century modern copper enamelware.  She also exhibited in many other media – oil and watercolor paintings, sculpture, collages, prints, etchings, encaustics, ceramics and mosaics. Her work is vibrantly colorful and impressionistic.  She signed all her work.

When: 1949 until her death in 1974.

Where:  Fostoria, OH. 

The Rest of the Story: Becoming a recognized artist was a long slow process for Evelyn.  She married in 1933 and went on to have five children.

She was a determined woman because as busy as she must have been in those years she began to take art classes in 1949 while her husband worked the night shift.   Her talent was recognized and she earned scholarships to pay for additional training in Toledo and Cleveland.  In 1964 a newspaper article reported: 

“Mrs. Wentz does enamel work in her home in a studio set up around the furnace and washing machine in her utility room and uses a kiln which her husband built for her.”                                    A determined woman indeed! 

By the time of her death she had participated in some 250 local, regional, national, and international exhibitions. She was represented in 24 public collections (worldwide) and had 15 solo exhibitions, including three in the Toledo Museum of Art.

We currently have one of her copper enamel bowls for sale here in our shop so please check our listings:  Other examples of her work:


Copper enamel work


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