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Harold B. Helwig

Harold B. Helwig

Born: Wellington, Kansas

Harold “Bill” Helwig was an artist whose primary medium was enamel and art educator. He was born in Wellington, Kansas on July 23, 1938, and received his BS and MS with a focus on watercolor at Fort Hays Kansas State College. He served in the US Army for two years in Europe. Returning to the US in 1964, Helwig became the assistant director of the Creative Craft Center at SUNY Buffalo. He was named assistant professor in the Design Department of SUNY in 1973. It was during this time that Helwig began using enamel as a primary medium.

In 1968 Helwig married fiber artist Lenore Davis (1947-1995). During the late 60s and 70s Helwig was an active member of the American Craft Council. In 1970, he served as the chairman for the NE Regional Chapter Craft Fair.

In 1977 Helwig left academia to lead the Vitrearc division at Carpenter’s Ceramic Coating Company in Newport, Kentucky. Working at Thompson Enamel, he educated artists as a consultant on both the enameling process and materials until 1985.

In 1982 Helwig served as cofounder and editor of Glass on Metal. From 1991 to 1998 he served on the board of the Enamelist Society and received the Society’s prestigious Creative Arts Award in 2001.

Bill Helwig passed away in Newport, Kentucky on July 12, 2012.