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Enameled and Embellished: Enameling for Book Making with Barbara McFadyen

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Sunday, November 5, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Cost: $495.00

This is a workshop by the Center for Enamel Art, and is part of their Radical Enameling program for 2017.  The workshop is held at Silvera Jewelry School.

Discover how to embellish your own book covers with this exicting four-day workshp. Students will discover the distinctive techniques of Limoges china painting, a fine overglaze enamel that is applied in successive delicate layers on an enamel base coat “canvas”. As an alternative to creating wall pieces or wearable work, participants will develop fresh ideas for the unusual format of small-scale book covers!

Daily demonstration and discussions will enhance each student’s exploration with the subtle, versatile qualities of Limoges China painting. Inspired by personal drawings, designs, photographs or surroundings, enameled compositions will be transformed into unique covers for accordion and pamphlet books. General enamel properties, firing, and finishing techniques will be discussed along with introductory styles of book making to achieve one or more finished pieces.

This workshop is ideal for book makers and those who wish to add drawing or a more painterly quality to their work. Imagery can range from realistic to interesting abstract designs. China Paint, as a material, allows one to achieve detailed, colorful and expressive patterns or imagery on a glass surface, through many successive thin layers and kiln firings.

Drawing with oxide pencils, painting with watercolor and China paints, or transferring imagery through waterslide decals, will allow students to create colorful and eunduring enamel covers for handmade books. Just as medieval illuminated books were often enchanced with gems, or colorful cloisonné and champlevé enamel, the contemporary enamel techniques explored in this class will allow students to transform drawings and designs into unique covers (or stand alone art pieces) for accordion and pamplhlet style books. The experienced bookmaker may create covers to be incorporated with their Coptic or other stitched bindings, or inset small enamel pieces as highlights in recessed book board and cloth covers. 

Barbara McFadyen completed her MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University in May, 2017. She received her BA from Eckerd College in Creative Arts, where she majored in Jewelry Design, following with a summer immersion in Japan through Parson’s School of Design at the Tokyo Designer College. Her enameling experience began at Kulicke Starke Academy in NYC, continuing with a number of workshops at Penland, Arrowmont, and Haystack with notable enamelists such as Bill Helwig, Martha Banyas, Jamie Bennett, Mary Chuduk, and Elizabeth Turrell. Through an Enameling for Bookmaking workshop at Penland, she was introduced to the medium of the artist book. Barbara is most passionate about exploring ways to combine her metalwork with this new format, as she finds both jewelry and books fascinating intimate objects, either to be worn or held in the hand.

Barbara McFadyen
Barbara has been a partner in Creative Metalsmiths Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC since 1982, where she recently curated A Sense of Color, an invitational enameling exhibition featuring artists from ECU. In addition to her own artistic work, Barbara enjoys teaching workshops. Craft schools where she has been invited to teach include John C. Campbell Folk School, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Peter’s Valley, Kobe Design University in Japan, Pocosin Arts, and the Penland School of Crafts, where she also serves on the Board of Trustees.


Workshop Hours:

Thursday – Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM , with meal breaks

Cost: $495 plus $50 materials fee

Materials List: Provided upon registration or when ready

Registration: Limited to 10

Register through the Center for Enamel Arts. Registration opens May 15th. 

Refund Policy: No refunds unless your workshop position can be filled by another person. (This is the refund policy of the Center for Enamel Arts. The refund policy for regular workshops at Silvera Jewelry School is listed on our site.)


Lodging, Meals, Transportation:

Coming from out of town? Check AirBnB, Priceline, and other discounted online lodging sources, The Center For Enamel Art and Silvera Jewelry School will try help you make your stay comfortable and stress free while you are a workshop participant.



Students must have experience with the basics of kiln enameling and also 1-2 more enameling workshops. For example, Basic Enameling 1 and 1 workshop with Gabrielle Castonguay (Enameling Painterly Effects or Liquid Enamels)


Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA

Upcoming Schedule
No upcoming occurences at this time.

Enameled and Embellished: Enameling for Book Making with Barbara McFadyen

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