Detail of cloisonné beads. The cloisonné technique involves placing enamel paste into cells (French cloisons) that are formed from slender metal wires soldered onto a metal foundation. The wires become part of the overall design of when the piece is fired at a temperature high enough to fuse the paste without destroying the metal. PHOTO BY ANNA MYERS.
Cloisonné, also known as inlaid enamel, is a decorative art form brought to China from the West around