Cloisonné is an enameling technique in which thin strips of metal are shaped into a decorative design and attached to a metal backing to create cells or partitions that can be filled with different colors of enamel. Cloisonné enameling is an ancient technique that can be traced back to the 12th century BC, however it is a technique that is still popular among enamelists to this day due to the versatility of the craft.
In this Cloisonné workshop, participants will learn the basics of cloisonné enameling from shaping and adhering the wires to a fine silver backing to filling the cells and firing. We will discuss color blending, how to wet pack enamel, how to work with opaques, opalescent and warm toned enamels as well as the best way to sand your cells flat and finish with a flash-fire. All participants can design their own cloisonné piece from the ground up so if you have some ideas brewing, bring them to class and we can discuss how to successfully execute the design.