Saturday, May 20, 2023; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, May 21, 2023; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
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, and drawing in enamel with sgraffito.
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.
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.
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.
Open to all levels. Beginners welcome! No previous experience necessary.
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.
For classes that include work time, 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. Some classes, like our short demo only classes, don't require tools or materials to attend.
We remain committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible while continuing to move forward and adapt to the current circumstances for our in person classes and open studios.
In person students must show proof of vaccination. We recommend that everyone remain current with booster shots as recommended by your doctor.
Face masks are encouraged while at the school, but no longer required. Students must bring a particulate face mask (N95, KN95, KF94 or similar) to protect against dust and particles when needed and required during class work time.
If you have tested positive for COVID, have symptoms that could be COVID, or feel ill, please don't come to class. Contact us for more information.
All benches and shared tools are cleaned before and after class.
It’s recommended that students bring their own apron, safety glasses•, mask (also used for protection against fine dust when polishing), and water bottles. Filtered water is available for refills. We have aprons, safety glasses and togo cups available to use.
*Students are always required to wear safety glasses for their protection in the classroom. Be sure to choose safety glasses that fit comfortably, even over your prescription glasses.
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.