Introduction to cloisonné and enamel

A new and exciting weekend course exploring the beautiful technique of cloisonné and enamel on copper and silver.

Together we’ll learn the basic skills required, working on copper with opaque and transparent enamels. On day two we’ll progress to making your own simple design on a fine silver pendant with transparent enamels. This course will add a new decorative technique to your enameling bow!

As we explore more advanced enameling skills we will also learn how to use pliers to shape cloisonné wires, as well as covering wet-laying techniques.

Please note, some previous experience of kiln enameling is essential, so if you haven’t done any before, please book onto the “Enameling on copper for beginners” course first, and then you can progress to this one.

On this weekend course, you will learn to:

Prepare copper and silver prior to enameling
Make test pieces using opaque and transparent enamels with cloisonné wires, silver foils and other media
Cover health and safety and the kiln firing process
Develop simple designs for cloisonné and understand the principles of this technique
Learn to manipulate wire to form copper / silver cloisonné’s
Explore the use of transparent enamels and how to grind, wash and prepare them ready for use
Make a finished small enameled plaque to hang on the wall (to your own design) using cloisonné techniques and opaque enamels by the end of the first day
Design a simple small fine silver pendant with cloisonné wires by the end of the second day.
Receive peer and tutor feedback on your creativity!
A supply of silver-plated jewellery findings will be available on which to mount your sample pieces.

There is a limit of 6 people per workshop enabling faster learning.

Please note: The course takes place in a working glass studio and not a classroom setting, so participants need to be able to stand to prepare enamelled pieces, and to work standing at benches. (Stools are available in between times).

Price = £240 for the weekend, materials included (10:00am – 4:30pm)