Collected + Spare: June Schwarcz at home.

Its rare that you find a place with collections- the kind of collections that take lifetimes to build- that is also spare and clean. But the home of 94 year old artist June Schwarcz, whose enameled ceramics and metalwork have been celebrated for nearly 6 decades.

June, born in 1918, began experimenting with enamel in 1954 after some of her friends took an enamel class at the University of Denver. She broke ground by enameling electroplated, gold, silver and copper. She’s since been recognized as a Living Treasure of California, and her abstract vessels and bowls have come to be synonymous with the medium itself, and have been collected and shown in museums all over the world.

I hope you enjoy the house tour as much as I did.

 “I like vessels … you’ve got an inside and an outside. I like things hidden.” –  June Schwarcz

“I’m very drawn to subtle colorations and the quality of light, maybe because I live with a lot of fog — or maybe I like light behind a little bit of obscurity. Lots of people wish I’d do brighter, stronger things, but by now I figure, ‘I’m old and I can do what I want.'” 

Artist June Schwarcz‘s house in Sausalito via Apartment Therapy via Health Ceramics. Quotes via Spark.

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  1. Hey,
    Great post…so glad to see this as I’m not on AP that often. What a great house and collection.. A lovely way to be inspired, as I get my butt in gear today after the long weekend. Enjoy your day.

  2. What a beautifully curated home! I agree that it’s rare to see a home of a collector that is also spare. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Her work, her collections, her home… all lessons in tastefulness.

  4. I love it. These days people want a collection in a day….and I love that she is still working and creating. Very inspiring.

  5. Are those wire chickens on that ledge? LOVE!