This is the best introduction to art enameling! – and a great way to sharpen your skills and learn how to control materials and procedures for consistent results (the “+” in the title). No prior experience required. Learn multiple approaches to making something beautiful and take away two pieces each day. Take both days (recommended) or either one by itself.
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Introduction to Enameling+ Day 1 with Tom Ellis – 10/26
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT$130 – $160
Anyone age 18 or older with a desire to learn art enameling or improve their knowledge and skills. Novices welcome! However, we have also had many people who have enameled for years take this workshop and come away with a wealth of new knowledge and understanding.
We have put as much solid teaching and hands-on work as possible into each day. In Day One (see also Day Two), students will do two projects, a 2” copper circle pendant and 3” diameter copper bowl. We will teach you:
- How, when and why to prepare the metal prior to enameling
- How and why to remove copper oxide
- How to burn off oil on a copper surface in preparation for enamel application
- Everything you need to know about sifting, including an explanation of mesh size, sifting techniques, how to achieve even applications, and safety considerations.
- How to fire your art piece, including equipment choices, firing procedures, and safety concerns
- The stages of firing and how to balance the mix of time and temperature
- How to apply enamel using the wet inlay method, including the importance of water saturation
- How to move one color into another while wet (cold scrolling)
- How vibration evens out the enamel surface.
- How to apply enamel on a dimensional (curved) surface
- How to achieve perfectly even coats of transparent enamel (direct on copper) and how to prevent the enamel from avalanching down the sides of a bowl
- How to dissolve copper oxide to achieve best transparent color through adequate firing
- How to make and fire a copper tubing ring as a foot for a bowl and eliminate stilt marks
- How to apply and fire copper cloisonné wire
- How to handle, cut, enamel and fire gold and silver foil
- How to apply transparent color and clear enamels over foils using a wet inlay method
- How to use clear or opalescent lump enamel over foils
- How to use a polishing wheel safely and effectively to finish the edges of a bowl
During this two-day workshop you will receive instruction, handouts, demonstrations, hands-on practice, some individual guidance as needed, and time to complete two jewelry pieces. Whether you complete each piece during the class will depend on your abilities and how quickly you learn the techniques (most people do).
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 enameled art pieces in our world-class art enamel museum, the largest diverse collection of art enamels in the world
Enameled jewelry and other objects have been found that were made over 3,000 years ago, many still colorful and recognizable! Is it any wonder that hobbyists, craftsmen, and artists today continue to create beautiful jewelry, bowls, plates, vases and wall art by using a furnace or torch to fuse glass to metal?
Today a tremendous variety of materials and vitreous enamel (colored ground glass) are available designed to be fused to copper, steel, silver, or other media using intense heat. Many different procedures, approaches, and techniques can be used individually or in combination to produce enameled art. In this workshop you will learn multiple approaches within the context of limoge enameling, which is a technique of “painting” with enamel or applying different enamel colors next to each other without the separation of wire or surface metal.
Why enameling? Produce something beautiful and permanent with your own hands! A recent participant who attended an introductory workshop, said “I always get compliments out in public when I wear one of the pieces I’ve made in Tom’s class. No kidding on this.”
Tom Ellis, Our Renowned Instructor
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>.
Come with an open mind and a willingness to learn. No other preparation.
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 to join>.
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 world-class attractions that the Cincinnati area offers (in addition to our workshops!). We have listed some of our favorite places here: <click here>.
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).
Registrations are not transferable.
The Foundation reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment and will notify students of any cancellation at least three weeks prior to the start of the workshop. In the event that WWCEF (The Foundation) cancels a workshop the student will receive a full refund.
The Foundation cannot be responsible for airline tickets or other travel costs in the event of a cancellation.
The Foundation is committed to the safety of all students. A series of informational safety procedures have been established for all studio areas that involve some risk of injury in the use of certain equipment. Your instructor will go over safety procedures during your workshop but we would also like for you to be aware of your workshop’s risks before you register for a workshop. As a condition of registration we ask that you read the ‘Safety Procedures Policy’ and acknowledge that you have done so upon registration.
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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