Members receive 8% OFF all classes and workshops!
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…
Custom Color (create your own)
None. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Materials, Supplies & Tools