Short Courses

Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe: Locket and Chain making

In this workshop we will be creating a small-hinged locket and a chain that compliments it. I will demonstrate locket construction, including hinge and catch. Participants will follow a basic layout that will allow for everyone to personalize their own locket and chain. In the construction of the locket we will discuss different bail options and how each will fit with a different style chain. The chain will also bring in multiple claps demonstrations and examples. By the end of the workshop everyone will leave with finished pieces, and an understanding of a variety of additional possibilities within the techniques demonstrated.

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Color and Texture in Enamel

In this workshop participants will loosely explore the possibilities associated with the traditional enameling technique of basse-taille. We will begin with metalworking techniques that enhance our enameling; roller printing, stamping textures and possibly etching the base sheet of copper before we begin enameling. Once the metal work is done participants will start working with enamels to emphasize the texture of the metal, layering opaque and transparent colors as well as incorporating liquid enamel and P-3 to enhance the texture in the metal. Participants will experiment with grinding away the base coats of enamel, pencil drawing, watercolor enamels, and firing alternative materials into the enamel surface. A basic understanding of enameling and metalsmithing will be helpful.

Cloisonné Enamels

This workshop will cover all the fundamentals of kiln enameling, with a focus on cloisonné. Cloisonné is a beautiful technique that allows for the separation of colors through the use of a thin wall of metal, which enhances the design. Students will be given an introduction to basic enameling and then guided through their first cloisonné piece, with step-by-step instructions. At the same time students will be encouraged to create their own designs to work on along side the first piece. This will be a great course if you are looking to dive into enameling. No previous experience with enamel is required.

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Champlevé Enamels

This three-day course will introduce you to the technique of champlevé enamel and leave you with a finished piece. Participants should expect to finish a brooch or pendant by the end of the course. Our first piece will be a small and pre-designed to get participants started, at the same time you will develop your own designs from drawings; abstract or referencing favorite places, textiles, patterns, or life moments. I ask that you bring photos or clippings to add to the discussion and development of your visual vocabulary. No previous experience with enamel is required, but experience with piercing and sawing is.

Playful Enameling

In this workshop we will investigate the world of possibilities for surface color and design, when enameling techniques are mixed and layered. Students will learn to work with: liquid, powder, transparent, and opaque enamels as well as watercolor and china paints. After learning the proper application techniques used for each, students will then be asked to break the rules in as many ways as possible. Bring your sketchbooks, favorite photos, or work from your imagination to develop your visual library. No previous experience with enamels is required; all fundamentals will be covered in demos.

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The Before, After and Enameling

In this workshop participants will begin with fabrication techniques that work in collaboration with enameling, roller printing, stamping textures and eutectic soldering forms together as well as soldering connecting elements onto the metal forms. Allowing for the form to then be cold connected to a frame work or jewelry elements. Once the metal work is done participants will begin working with enamels to emphasize the texture of the metal, layering with opaque and transparent colors as well as the incorporating liquid enamel and P-3 to enhance the texture in the metal. In an optional additional two days participants will have the choice to remain and experiment with grinding away the base coats of enamel, pencil drawing, watercolor enamels, and firing alternative materials into the enamel surface. Basic sawing and filing skills are required as well as a basic understanding of enameling.

Examples of Student Work