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Contemporary Cloisonné with Ruth Ball

Friday, November 12, 2021, 9:00AM - 12:30PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, November 13, 2021, 9:00AM - 12:30PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, November 14, 2021, 9:00AM - 12:30PM PT (Pacific Time)
Friday, November 19, 2021, 9:00AM - 12:30PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, November 20, 2021, 9:00AM - 12:30PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, November 21, 2021, 9:00AM - 12:30PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Cost: $625.00

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

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Over the course of two consecutive weekends, join UK enameller Ruth Ball online, to develop designs for contemporary cloisonné enamels.

With the emphasis on individual investigation and a free-form approach, the use of line is explored to discover more dynamic and expressive methods in your work.

Ruth will start by guiding you through simple drawing exercises. The aim is to throw the emphasis on line and mark-making to open up ideas within the boundaries of cloisonné. This art based starting point follows through into demonstrations which will reveal a variety of enamel methods. Starting with a limited colour pallet in order to emphasise the wire work, Ruth will follow on to incorporate more complex design ideas, additionally showing how to repeat shapes, apply precious metal foils, and use painted enamel to create highlights.

Q&A sessions and additional conversational discussions on design awareness and aesthetics, will embrace a diverse range of examples from historic and contemporary enamel work, broadening the view of cloisonné as an art form.

In the first weekend of this hands on course, the main focus will be in creating a collection of samples. These will explore the visual qualities of line, through set exercises, thus enabling the enrichment of your design vocabulary in future work. Samples will be made on copper and refined experiments and your final piece can be made in silver. The following weekend participants will consolidate their learning. You will select from your ideas, sketches and experiments to narrow down, evaluate and make a final piece of enamel ready to be set.


Techniques taught include:

  • basic drawing exercises
  • enamel and metal preparation
  • application of enamel
  • working with fine wires – round and rectangular
  • making repeat shapes in wire
  • transferring designs and applying wires
  • applying precious metal foils
  • using painted enamel for highlights
  • using flux over wires
  • stoning enamel back
  • kiln firing
  • problem solving
  • finishing

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.

A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping..

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).

This course meets for 6 sessions, 3.5 hours per session, for a total of 21 hours. 

Each class is also recorded and available 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. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.

Tools for this Class

This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.

  • 8.5” x11” paper, white and black (several sheets of each)
  • Pens – black marker and a white gel pen
  • pencil
  • personal choice of sketching materials and a sketch book
  • 3-5 opaque enamel colors approx. 1 oz each
  • 2-4 transparent enamel colors approx. 1 oz each
  • 2040 Hard Fusing Clear 4oz.
  • A-1 klyr fire
  • water
  • Bench pin
  • Saw frame
  • 4/0 saw blades
  • round nose pliers
  • flat nose pliers
  • X-Acto knife
  • cutting mat
  • pair of fine scissors
  • fine paint brushes for applying klyr fire, enamel, and wires
  • 3/0 brush for fine detail
  • fine nozzle spray bottle
  • Jars or palette for enamels
  • Alundum stone or coarse (red/black) Diapad
  • metal tweezers
  • palette knife
  • safety goggles
  • Dust mask, gloves, apron, and safety personal equipment
  • Kiln such as a Paragon SC2
  • Mesh firing rack
  • Firing fork
  • Trivet
  • Heat protective gloves
  • Heat resistant Ceramic tile for cooling
  • Paper towels
  • Jar for water
  • Jar for enamel run-off
  • Scotchbrite pad
  • Dawn dish detergent
  • Old magazines or glossy pages that can be destroyed
  • 80 mesh sifter SM-2 or similar
  • Glass brush
  • Small Ceramic tile or plate
  • Paint enamels- white, black, blue, plus optional color of your choice
  • A-5 Thinning Oil or A-4 Squeegee Oil

A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class

Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.


Knowledge of basic enameling is necessary to make the most of this course. Successful completion of Enameling 1 is recommended or equivalent experience.
Knowledge of kiln enameling recommended.

You must be able to use pliers and bend fine wires. Basic jewelry skills are highly recommended.

This class includes drawing prompts. You do not need to have expert drawing skills, just be able to doodle and have fun!

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: Ruth Ball

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.

Contemporary Cloisonné with Ruth Ball

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