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The term champlevé comes from the French word for "field". In champlevé enameling, open "fields" or cells are created in the metal using a variety of methods including etching and sawing. These cells are filled with colored enamel that is melted and fused to create a smooth surface with distinct delineations between the metal and enamel. This technique is ideal for bold and illustrative imagery.
Champleve technique has been used through the ages dating back well over a millenia, and continues to be a standard in enamelwork today. Students will learn about both the historical and contemporary applications of champleve and will be able to adapt this skill to their own aesthetic.
Exploring color and pattern, various methods of creating the cells, students will bring color into their work! Champleve from imagination through to the finished piece and all the steps in between are covered, with many adaptations along the way.
What’s covered in this class?
- History of champleve enamel technique
- What is enamel?
- Enamel basics- washing, wet packing, firing
- Surface manipulation- stoning, matte and glossy finishes
- Shading and graduations with color
- Layering color
- Using opaque and transparent enamels
- Etching in copper
- Pierced overlay technique
- Soldering with Eutectic solder
- Torch or kiln firing enamel
- Texturing surfaces
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class, and as a 4 week course or 2 day workshop. Please check this page for times and formats available.
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. 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.
Recordings of class.
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.
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below). Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)
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.
- Decent quality round synthetic bristle paint brushes 3, 1, 0, 00
- Old magazines or glossy pages that can be destroyed
- Paper towels
- Torch- large butane, acetylene/air, or propane/oxygen
- Plastic spoons
- Kosher salt
- Duct tape
- Nail polish
- Nail polish remover
- Jar for water
- Jar for enamel run off from washing
- Tripod and mesh screen
Please review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
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.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
If this class is 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).
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
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
This class is open to beginners. There is a lot to learn in this class for any level, including intermediate students and beyond.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick