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Evolve your basic enameling practices with this journey into advanced enamel on metal artistry. In this workshop you will advance your knowledge of enameling, but in a painterly fashion to create images. You will be surprised at the endless possibilities enamel can offer when it comes to imagery making and you will be delighted by the freedom it will bring to your art pieces. Using different media we will explore how two-dimensional images can be brought to life using, among other things, watercolor enamel, overglazed enamel, oxides, dry pastel enamel and sifting enamel. We will learn how to incorporate silver and gold foil to create exquisite highlights. Knowledge of basic enameling is necessary to make the most of this course.
Master enamelist Gabrielle Castonguay will show you how to paint with fire in this master class. Use enamels to render abstract and figurative designs in brilliant jewel colors. Gabrielle’s specialty is rendering painterly effects in enamel and she will share her tips and tricks with students:
“My art is searching for remarkable textures, degrees of luster, coloration and oxidization to produce inimitable effects, creating extended contrasts. My creations emerge from universes of colors, transparencies, and opaques, from depth and light. The glass, the metal and the fire, mined from the depths of the earth, inspire me to create pieces where the atmosphere and the imagery reveal traces of art thousands of years old, perfected and sustained in time where our passage on earth reveals a sense of the sacred.” - Gabrielle Castonguay
• Layering opaque and transparent enamels
with multiple kiln firings
• Watercolor enamels
• Over glazed enamels
• Using oxides to effect enamels
• Dry pastel enamels
• Integrating silver and gold foil into enamels
A kit of materials is included with this class. Registered students receive a class kit by mail, shipped to the address used for registration. Please be sure to contact us at the time of registration with any updates re: where you want your kit shipped.
A handout is included with the class. A pdf of the handout is sent to students before the first day of class.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iphone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
Each class is also recorded and available (for a limited period of time) for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.
Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly.
Tools for this Class
These are needed to work during the class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
Basic enamel tools for the kiln- Fork, long tweezers, trivets (assorted sizes), screens for placing trivets on and tile
Kiln for firing enamel
Kiln glasses for eye protection
Sifters- med./small 80 mesh, 150 mesh and 200 mesh
Small artist brushes of various sizes
Various clean tools to make marks, needles, pen, plastic comb, sponges etc.
A good dust mask
Tracing paper or sketchbook and colored pencils (optional)
Towel and or apron
Watercolor tray (plastic or ceramic palette) or a few plastic spoons
Glossy magazine pages
Saw Frame and saw blades 3/0 (If you do not know how to saw, you have the option of having us cut up your metal for the class)
Thompson P-1- Overglaze black
A plastic container for using the alundum stone - 6” x 4” is a good size
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Previous experience with kiln or torch enameling recommended, like successful completion of Enameling 1. Previous experience with sawing and filing is recommended, but if you can't saw there are alternative ways to cut your metal for this project.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA