For centuries, artists and craftspeople have used enamel to decorate vessels, bowls, reliquaries and urns. These coveted items were often a marker of high status and were highly valued by the people of Britain, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Today, enameling is a fun way of adding bright and colorful decorations to metal, glass, ceramics and stone.
In Enameling on Curved Surface, students will learn the basics of how to work with liquid enamels and fuse them to a curved or three-dimensional surface. Students can form smaller domes out of copper using a dapping set or they can enamel bowls or forms that are readymade. If you want to form your own bowl or vessel, I recommend taking the Sink a Copper Bowl workshop with Chapin Dimond. Enameling on a Curved Surface is a great workshop to take if you would like to create your own enameled objects that can be set in a piece of statement jewelry or as a stand-alone decorative object. Students are encouraged to ask questions throughout the workshop and will have plenty of class time to practice the techniques covered. The tuition price includes your kit fee.
Bring your Metalsmithing toolbox, including the following items:
20 ga copper sheet (if forming your own domed pieces)
Solid copper bowl or coaster (if enameling a pre-made object)
1-2 feet of 10 ga sterling silver or copper wire
Some Hard, Medium, Easy and Extra Easy silver solder
Everything else will be provided by the Studio. The cost of these supplies is included in your tuition.