This 3-day workshop will feature a number of somewhat unusual enameling techniques that are straightforward and simple, but which significantly expand the expressive potential of enameling. We will begin with a brief overview of basic painted enamel techniques including drawing directly onto enamel, the use of watercolor enamels, the preparation of enamel paints from raw oxides, the use of lusters, and other methods of painting.
After that we will explore four rendering methods in detail:
1) The firing of graphite drawings into enamel, producing highly detailed and delicate images. We will learn how to prep the enamel for the pencil marks; how to blend, shade and use graphite washes; and how to build up layers and use overglazing in combination with painting techniques. As an alternative to kiln-firing we will learn a simple method of torch-firing that maximizes image clarity.
2) The use of reflective glass beads (used on airport runways) to create unexpected optical effects. Demos will include the use of various sized beads, compatible enamel undercoats and the complex optical interactions that can be created.
3) The use of synthetic aventurine (goldstone) to produce enamels that sparkle, a historical method virtually unknown in contemporary enamel circles.
4) The application of delicate sgraffito drawings in gold leaf, a technique derived from Roman glass portrait rondels and adapted for enamels. Demos will focus on the crucial aspects of surface preparation and precise firing conditions that are necessary to achieve the effect.
This workshop is hosted by Silvera Jewelry School and is offered by the fine folk at the Center for Enamel Art.
Registration is through the Center, so go directly to their site to sign up.
Basic enameling skills required, like successful completion of Enameling 1.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA