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This class, with Anat or Jenn, will teach you a lot about the art of enameling! Enamels have been used to bring glorious color to jewelry for thousands of years. Fired glass can be added to fabricated or cast jewelry, and brings your designs to vivid life. It all starts with the basics.
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.
It includes techniques like the basics of kiln and torch fired enameling, torch safety, stenciling with enamels, sgraffito, stamping designs and even using decals to embed images.
Learn both kiln firing and torch firing. If you're joining this class online, and you only have a torch (Blazer Big Shot), you will still be able to do everything. Using a kiln provides a stable environment of heat to surround your pieces as you fire the glass enamel onto metal. But a kiln isn't the only way to enamel. Use a home friendly butane cooking torch to fire enamel. Torch firing is safe and provides an intimate vision of the stages of fusion that enamels go through. Sign up today and let Anat and Jenn share their passion for enameling with you.
Beyond the basics of choosing enamels, sifting and firing, this class also introduces several techniques for embellishing your work. Sgraffito is the technique of drawing designs in your enamels. Stencils allow for precise shapes and patterns to be sifted in place. We will also demonstrate how you can use decals, rubber stamps and stencils to create detailed imagery in glass.
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.
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.
A full color handout is included with the class.
Create your own workbook with the beautiful handout that is downloadable for this workshop. Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning.
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.
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.
Dust mask, like an N95 or similar
Sifter 80 mesh
Blazer Big Shot Butane torch (to torch fire your enamels instead of using a kiln)
2 Blazer Butane canisters
Tile or old baking sheet
If you will be using a Kiln these are necessary as well as the above:
Firing racks (2)
Tile or scrap piece of marble
Tinted safety glasses for the kiln
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
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.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Open to all levels. Beginners welcome! No previous experience necessary.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick