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Cloisonné Enameling: Explore Color, Layers, and Light


Ricky Frank


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5 Day Workshop


Class Description

This class will introduce beginning students to the technique of cloisonne´ enamel and challenge intermediate level students to create more personal enamel imagery.

Enameling is the process of fusing glass onto metal. Cloisonne´ is an enameling technique that uses wire to create cells into which one builds up enamel layer. I love the Cloisonné technique because it is a blend of control and freedom. I enjoy the control required to design and build up “wire cells” and I embrace the freedom of painting and layering numerous layers of different types of enamel within the more controlled cells.

This is a skill-based class; emphasis is on understanding the cloisonne´ technique so that you know enough to find your own way (not copy my artwork). Students will make many simple samples to explore tools/materials and to create unique enamel imagery using many different applications, colors, and firings.

We will explore…

  • Enamel Basics: Prepare, apply, and fire enamel on copper and fine silver

  • Enamel Science: How and Why your enamel “works”

  • Cloisonne´ Technique: Bend wires and apply/layer enamel color

  • Silver and Gold Foil to create “layers of light”

  • Finish your enamel surface

  • Developing a personal enamel language

  • Bezel settings for enamels (if time permits)

Intermediate Level students will spend more time exploring and apply various enamel color layer techniques…

  • Edges

  • Color Gradations

  • Opalescent White

  • Custom Color (create your own)

  • Sculptural Layers

  • Foil Layers


None. Appropriate for all skill levels.

Materials, Supplies & Tools

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