Judith Ligon

Ligon Art

Think nature. Think wearable sculpture. Isn’t it great to wear a representation of nature’s creations! Creating with enamels on metal as well as with polymer clay gives me infinite possibilities for me and for you to enjoy.  (Enameling is the process of fusing powdered glass to metal in a kiln at 1450 degrees F.)

In a step-by-step process, I first draw my design on paper then transfer said design or various shapes / elements to copper, silver, nu-gold, etc. and cut the metal by hand with a jeweler’s saw.

The metal shapes must be cleaned (I use an abrasive wheel with a Foredom flex shaft machine.) before soldering or fusing my silver wire or silver casting grains, followed by an acid bath, then washing with an abrasive cleaner and thorough rinsing and drying. Next, the enameling process is either wet application or sifted on dry to the metal shapes (after being coated with a bonding agent called Klyr Fire) using either opaque or transparent colored powdered glass.


The item to be fired is then fired on a rack in a kiln at 1450 degrees F. The number of firings depends on the size of the piece and the result I wish to achieve. A final cleaning and polishing is done before all elements are put together to form the finished creation. I have been enjoying enameling and creating with metals for more than thirty-five years.

Polymer clay is a petroleum based man-made clay, which is a malleable plastic that is baked to hardness.
One can find polymer clay, available in many different colors, under the brand names of Sculpey III, Premo, Fimo and Kato Clay, etc.

Creating possibilities with polymer clay first occurred for me in 2003 when I was introduced to the medium by a friend who is published in the polymer clay world.

I am a juried member of the Artisans Center of Virginia as well as a member of other Virginia galleries/organizations.

Mon 10–6
Tues 10–6
Wed 10–6
Thurs 10–6
Fri 10–6
Sat 10–6
Sun 12–5
118 E Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 972–9500
C’ville Arts offers a tremendous range of crafts and art, including decorative & functional objects for your home & garden, wearable art such as jewelry and scarves, organic balms, photography, paintings, sculpture, and more. As a cooperative, we work together to operate the store, helping keep our art affordable. Visitors are able to meet and chat with the artists who are on duty each day. C’ville Arts has become a popular place to find unique gifts for all occasions and locally made mementos for visitors to our area.
The Gallery is honored to be a part of the Virginia Artisans Trail Network, specifically the Monticello Artisans Trail.  “Choose from the many creative excursions and activities available as you plan your trip to Virginia!  The Artisan Trail Network will help you navigate a unique adventure.  We invite you to explore the byways and back roads, visiting craft artisan studios, agri-artisan gardens & farms, wineries & breweries, galleries & craft related venues, local businesses & eclectic shops and historical & cultural points of interest.”  The Gallery was recently featured in a video produced for the Virginia Artisans Trail Network.