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Granular Spray, Sgraffito & Watercolor Enamel with Alisa Looney

Saturday, June 19, 2021, 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, June 20, 2021, 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, June 26, 2021, 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, June 27, 2021, 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class Cost: $375.00

This class is already under way. Please see below for any other available workshop dates.

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This class is organized by the Center for Enamel Art and co-hosted by Silvera Jewelry School. Registration is through the Center's website.

Expand your artistic tool kit by learning to sgraffito with ease in liquid enamel, and no more chipping! We will work on pre-enameled steel, adding layers of glass with granular spray, sgraffito and watercolor techniques to create colorful, custom surface treatments.  

Join Alisa Looney as she shows us how to use spray application to achieve a buttery smooth surface and create extremely detailed sgraffito designs. Alisa will show you how to add color with watercolor enamels on top of your sgraffito for a rich, layered, and colorful effect!

Design, cut and prepare pre-enameled steel for enameling. Copper shapes can also be used. Learn to apply white liquid enamel with the granular spray technique, resulting in a powdered finish that allows you to sgraffito (scratch) clean lines with ease and control when making marks, textures and/or drawings into the surface. Experiment with several sgraffito tools to create varied line qualities and thicknesses in mark making such as cross hatching, stippling, brushing and combing.  This technique opens avenues for the freedom to work in any virtually any style: loose and expressive or detailed and precise. After firing the white layer, you will add depth and color by painting with Watercolor Enamels. Appropriate kiln-firing temps and techniques for each layer will be covered. You can expect to complete a series of small panels and jewelry elements during this workshop. Live demos and instruction in four separate three-hour zoom sessions will allow plenty of time to practice between sessions.

ALL LEVELS WELCOME! Prior enameling experience is recommended. Kilns are required for this workshop. 

Best known for her award winning outdoor sculptures, Alisa Looney has exhibited in the U.S. and Canada. Her work is in a multitude of private and public collections, including Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, WA, and several U.S. cities in the Northwestern United States. Her enamel on steel sculptures have been exhibited in The Enamelist Society’s International Biennial Exhibitions: Alchemy 4 & 5, and published in The Art of Fine Enameling. Alisa expresses her ideas through sculpture, dance, painting and enameling in her Bend, OR, studio that she shares with her husband, woodblock printer Wade Womack.  She fell in love with metal arts as a silver smith in her early years, received her BFA in Design from Boise State University in 1983 and began welding in 1998.  Alisa returned to Idaho in 2010 to study enameling with her past BSU Professor Emeritus, John Killmaster. This created the opportunity for her to merge metal sculpture and narrative imagery into what she considers her most precious work to date. With John’s blessing, Alisa teaches these enameling techniques in her studio and is currently developing online classes for enamellists near and far.     https://alisalooney.com 


Workshop Hours:

Saturday and Sundays  10 AM to 1PM Pacific Time

June 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2020

Cost: $375

Materials List: Provided after registration

Registration: Maximum of 15

Refund Policy: No refunds unless your workshop position can be filled by another person.


 Some prior enameling experience recommended.

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: Alisa Looney

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.

Granular Spray, Sgraffito & Watercolor Enamel with Alisa Looney

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