Even the humblest article of utility deserves to be made beautiful — yes, and ought to be made beautiful; and every student should be made acquainted with the full significance of that fact. He who transforms a common article of daily use into a thing of beauty discharges the same high function as he who is building the greatest temple or painting the finest picture. — Alexander Fisher

Every form of art, as is well known, owes to its implements certain attributes of beauty that cannot be attained by means of other materials; and these attributes are often a joy to us even when viewed apart from subject and design. . . .Evidently, a complete expression of the material is of the utmost worth to every art, and in the art with which we are concerned here, the charm of preciousness is the first quality to command attention. Indeed, he who does not endeavour to attain this gem-like lustre of enamel should set himself to feel and think in a coarser medium. — Alexander Fisher

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"The Art of 1899. Part I. Some London Exhibitions." The Studio. 16 (1899): between p. 222 and 223.

Baldry, A. L. "The Art of 1900." The Studio. 20 (1900): 3-5.

Miller, Fred. “An Enameller and his Work” The Studio 8-10 (1896-97): 149-56. University of Toronto copy made available online by the Internet Archive. Web. 23 January 2012. [Complete text in the Victorian Web]

Spielmann, Marion Harry. British Sculpture and Sculptors of Today. London: Cassell, 1901. Internet Archive. Web. 22 December 2011.

"Studio-Talk." The Studio. 17 (1899): 47.

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