Discover your inner Fabergé! Make your own cloisonné jewel using multiple types and colors of vitreous enamel, silver and copper wire, and copper disks fired in our furnaces. Taught by a master enamelist! For anyone with basic enameling experience (such as Intro I).
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Cloisonné Enamel Jewel With Tom Ellis (2 Day Workshop) 9/07-9/08
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:00 AM to Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 4:30 PM EDT$340 – $400
Anyone age 18 or older with basic art enameling experience (such as taking our Intro I course) who wants to learn or perfect their skills in working with cloisonné art enameling is welcome to attend.
Students will learn the ancient art of cloisonné enameling in a modern setting from a true expert in the craft. We will teach you:
- The enamels suitable for use in cloisonné
- How to fire fine silver wires and how to use each
- How to apply and fire a special base coat of enamel designed for attachment of fine silver cloisonné wireHow to fire fine silver wire on a copper base without burning out the wires
- How, why, and when to “wash” the enamel in preparation for use
- The differences between copper and fine silver wires and how to use each
- How to bend and shape the fine wires and fix them to the enamel base
- How to achieve the image and effect you desire with a consistent linear wire design
- How to prevent stress cracking
- How and why different enamels will react on a cloisonné piece
- How to achieve maximum transparency for the appearance of depth
- How to attach silver and gold foil for accents and highlights
- How to use inclusions such as silver disks and balls in your piece
- How to add texture to your jewelry piece
- How to shade, lighten, darken, and blend colors
- Enamel application techniques such as concave, flat, and convex cloisonné
- How to grind and finish the piece once enamel has been built up to the top of wires
During this two-day workshop you will receive instruction, handouts, demonstrations, hands-on practice, some individual guidance as needed, and time to complete one or two jewelry pieces. The number of pieces will depend on the complexity of your design(s), your previous experience, and how quickly you learn the techniques.
Costs include all materials and supplies. In addition, you will get:
- Access to over 150 different enamels for use during the workshop
- Use of the extensive Foundation equipment, furnaces, and tools needed to complete your project
- On-site access to one of the few retail stores in the US offering enamel and enamel supplies
- Exposure and inspiration during our breaks from hundreds of beautiful ancient and modern cloisonné pieces in our world-class art enamel museum, the largest diverse collection of art enamels in the world
Cloisonné (pronounced kloi zuh nay’) is a French word meaning to partition, referring to the technique of using fine wires to create partitions or cells that, in the case of enameled art, are filled with vitreous enamel and fired to make jewelry or decorate wall art, bowls, vases, or other objects. It has a very long history, probably first developed in the near east more than 3,000 years ago. Cloisonné enameled rings have been found in Cyprus that date from the 13th century BC.
However, the technique of cloisonné enameling really came into its own in the 8th century AD during the Byzantine period when it also reached Russia. It migrated to China in the 13th or 14th centuries and to Japan in the 18th century.
Some of the most famous cloisonné art is from Russia during the czarist period, especially from the House of Faberge. Both the Chinese and Japanese have produced some of the most intricate and beautiful art pieces using this technique, and there are many excellent examples in the Foundation Museum.
Why cloisonné instead of some other technique? Because the fine cloisonné wires create crisp lines between colors and allow a greater variety of patterns and effects than with most other techniques. Cloisonné objects also have a “jewel-like” quality, with light entering transparent colored glass and bouncing off the metal base, which results in an iridescent glow.
The workshop will be held at the Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation headquarters at 645 Colfax Avenue in Bellevue, KY, right across the river from Cincinnati. We are about ten minutes from downtown Cincinnati, but in an area of northern Kentucky that has less traffic and is a bit easier to navigate than the big city. Although our headquarters is housed in one of the largest facilities in the world dedicated to art enameling, we enjoy being a part of the small river community of Bellevue on the “south bank” of the Ohio River. In fact, the mayor is on our Board of Directors.
We are tucked away in a small, quiet industrial park off Berry Avenue. You will find plenty of parking alongside our building and in a large gravel lot in front of the industrial building next door. For a map and more information, <CLICK HERE>.
We recommend you bring line drawings of potential ideas for a cloisonné piece. You may want to search online for cloisonné jewelry for design inspiration. We will discuss how you choose the ones most appropriate for cloisonné. In addition, Tom will provide some specific design options for you to follow.
Please do not wear sandals, open-toed shoes, scarves or other clothing with tassels or loose ends that could get caught in tools or equipment.
Young and old of various economic means attend our workshops. All are welcome! If you want to save money, we can help. Of course, you will want to start by becoming a Premium Member and saving 15% off the cost of the workshop <CLICK HERE>.
Travel will be the biggest part of your cost unless you live close by. Cincinnati is one of the lowest-cost metropolitan areas to visit, but we can help you get the cost even lower! See this resource page for money-saving travel information that could help you save the entire cost of the workshop, maybe even more: <CLICK HERE>. If you don’t have a car when you are in town, we might even be able to give you a ride from a nearby hotel.
In addition, you may want to stay a few days extra days to enjoy some of the world-class attractions that the Cincinnati area offers (in addition to our workshops!). We have listed some of our favorite places here: <CLICK HERE>
Tom Ellis, Our Renowned Instructor
If cancelled within 30 days of the workshop, no refunds are issued. If cancelled more than 30 days prior to the workshop, a refund (less a $60 service fee) may be issued if the workshop is fully booked, not including your registration.
If you qualify for a refund, you may apply the total amount to a future workshop conducted in the next 12 months (service fee waived).
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The Foundation makes every effort to ensure students have a safe and meaningful experience while participating in our activities. However, some aspects of work done at The Foundation can involve a certain amount of risk. Work is done with hot equipment i.e. furnaces, kilns and torches. To safeguard The Foundation we ask students to release The Foundation from liability and voluntarily take on the assumption of risk. As a condition of registration we ask that you read the ‘Release of Liability and Voluntary Assumption of Risk’ and acknowledge that you have done so upon registration.
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