Enameling Oddities with Keith Lewis

Friday, January 27, 2023; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, January 28, 2023; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, January 29, 2023; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

In Person


Cost: $775


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Join jeweler Keith Lewis for this in person only 3-day workshop featuring 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 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; 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 little used 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 course is available as an in-person workshop. Please check this page for times and formats available.

A kit of materials is included with this class

Tools.
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Feel free to contact us with any questions. 

Prerequisites:

Basic enameling skills required, like successful completion of Enameling 1.

 

Instructor:

Keith Lewis (Guest)

If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded. For staff instructor classes, students have access to the recordings for one year. For guest instructors, access is 30 days. 

If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.

If this class is offered online, it 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).

Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.

Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.

For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.