"After acquiring my first TIG welder, I dedicated myself to mastering the craft, spending weeks immersed in instructional videos. To my delight, I unearthed a natural affinity for welding; it was like writing with liquid gold. This discovery ignited a fervent passion within me, propelling me towards creating captivating art pieces that seamlessly blend sculpted metal with vibrant enamel. My goal is to showcase this captivating medium on a grand scale, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to experience its beauty." Delia
Delia Dante, an award-winning metal and glass enamel artist, is based in Boise, Idaho. She owns and operates the Delia Dante Gallery and FireFusion Studio, conveniently situated at 1322 West Main Street in downtown Boise. Delia has been actively engaged in her craft since 2004, establishing herself as a professional enamel artist with a distinctive and celebrated style. Her studio and gallery serve as a creative hub, offering visitors an immersive experience into her artistic world while showcasing her remarkable creations.
Delia Dante's artistic journey began to flourish during her master's degree studies at Boise State University, where she found her calling in fusing glass enamel to copper. In a pivotal move in 2009, she took a year-long sabbatical from her 12-year tenure as a public art teacher to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time artist and advocate for the ancient medium of enameling. Teaching herself TIG welding, she transformed flat sheet copper into intricate 3-dimensional sculptures, paving the way for her unique artistic expression.
During this transformative year, Delia crafted the monumental fourteen-foot sculpture "Me Deuce" for the Barbacoa Grill in Boise, signaling her successful transition to full-time artistry. Opting not to return to teaching, she boldly purchased a downtown building in Boise in 2013 to establish the Delia Dante Gallery and Firefusion Studio. This dynamic space serves as her personal studio, a platform for showcasing local artists, and a hub for offering classes in enameling, welding, and metalsmithing.
In 2022, Delia reached new heights with the completion of her ambitious thirty-foot masterpiece, "Arbol de la Vida," at Coa de Jima in Boise. This project exemplified her mastery of blending hand-forged flat sheet copper, TIG welding, 3D printing, electroplating, and enameling, showcasing a seamless fusion of modern technology with the ancient art of glass-to-metal fusion. Delia Dante's body of work stands as a testament to the harmonious union of traditional craftsmanship and innovative techniques in the realm of sculpture, solidifying her reputation as a visionary artist pushing the boundaries of her craft.
Delia Dante's illustrious career as an art teacher for twelve years has contributed significantly to her esteemed reputation and the overwhelming demand for her fine art enameling classes. Nestled within the well-appointed FireFusion Studio, students embark on a journey of creativity and exploration, crafting exquisite and vividly colorful artworks within a vibrant and socially interactive setting.
The instructors at Delia's studio are adept at guiding participants through a diverse array of techniques, catering to individuals ranging from beginners to advanced practitioners. Through their expertise and encouragement, students are inspired to unleash their creativity and express themselves authentically, fostering a rich and dynamic learning environment where artistic visions come to life.