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Enamelling is the art of fusing glass to metal at high temperatures, using a kiln. We’ll be exploring enamelling step by step, learning to fuse finely powdered enamel onto the surface of copper to create a beautiful glossy glassy surface. These ancient techniques were first used by the Chinese, Greeks, Celts and Egyptians to decorate metal and add colour to metal jewellery and other precious objects. During the half day taster session, we will experiment with a range of simple decorative techniques to create your own one-off pieces to make your own unique jewellery or small pictures. Lynette and Ann will demonstrate and guide you through the processes involved.
You will learn the basics of enamelling, including
● Cover health and safety and the kiln firing process
● Prepare copper for enamelling
● Applying a counter enamel.
● Explore the use of opaque and transparent enamels
● Use decorative inclusions (e.g. frit, glass threads, millefiori, and copper wire)
● Explore colour, and surface designs with stencils, printing and drawing
You will Design at least one final piece to finish and mount on jewellery findings by the end of the day
What’s included in the price?
● Use of all tools, equipment and a wide range of materials.
● One copper blank – which you can make either into a pendant, earrings, key fobs and more. Or use it to produce a small picture. You will have a choice of different copper shapes
● A supply of silver-plated jewellery findings will be available on which to mount your sample pieces
● Plenty of tea and coffee and biscuits will also be provided, enamelling is thirsty work!
● Information will be provided on suppliers of enamelling equipment and jewellery findings should you decide you want to pursue your new hobby.
We limit each workshop to a maximum of 8 people to ensure individual attention and faster learning.
Lynette is based in Shropshire. Her work is hand crafted using a range of techniques including traditional silversmithing and enamelling. She works with both silver and copper. She has recently begun to expand her collection to include pieces with vitreous enamel on copper, applying layers of enamel, often high fired to create spectacular colours resulting from the interaction with the copper oxides.
Lynette studied at the Shrewsbury College of Arts. She is a member of the Guild of Enamellers and achieved craftsman through the guilds selection process. Her work includes a range of jewellery, wall panels, and 3D pieces. A key theme of Lynette’s work is texture, and nature. She develops collections in her Shropshire based workshop, drawing upon the wonderful ever-changing country side around her.
Ann is also Shropshire based. She began Enamelling is 2012 and became complete captivated by the effects achieved by firing enamel on copper. Ann works is inspired by a variety of different artist and mediums, she loves to use abstract effects in her enamel work.
Ann is a member of the guild of enamellers and as has achieved associated craftsman through a selection process. One of her passions is help others to enjoy the many and varied areas of enamelling.
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