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Separation Oil in Enamel with Gabrielle Castonguay

Friday, September 10, 2021, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, September 11, 2021, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class Cost: $375.00

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This class is organized by the Center for Enamel Art and co-hosted by Silvera Jewelry School. Registration is through the Center's website.


Join world-renowned enamelist Gabrielle Castonguay for a two-day LIVE online intensive workshop on the use of separation oils with enamels.

Separation oil provokes a chemical reaction on the surface of enamel by modifying its viscosity, forcing expansion of the surface and allowing the underneath enameled layers to show. 

It is a powerful, fun and unique effect that helps enhance contrasts between transparents, opaques, and textures. When separation oil is applied accordingly to the requirements of the material it allows the enamelist to explore and play with stimulating effects of light and surfaces.

Whether you work large or small, separation oil opens up a world of possibilities for your work!


ALL LEVELS WELCOME! Prior enameling experience is recommended, kilns are required for this class.


Gabrielle S. Castonguay is an enamelist from Montréal, impassioned by enameling since the age of eleven when she started learning the art from one of the lead master enamelists in Quebec, Canada. She studied and graduated from Fine Arts, Theatre and Design programs from local Colleges and Concordia University in Montréal. For many years now Gabrielle has been back working as a full time enamelist, the essence of her true passion and the expression of her artistic engagement.

Her work is well known and well regarded in North America as well as the larger international enameling field. She specializes in enameling wall pieces, sculptures, vessels and integration of enameled metal pieces in design/architectural work. She was a faculty member of the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California, teaching the art of enamel from 2012 to 2014. She has exhibited in Canada, Europe, the USA and Japan, and her work is part of private collections in Canada, the USA, South America and Europe. She co-curated the national Canadian Enamel Exhibition 2013: “Fire and Fusion”. She has been awarded several grants for her work over the years.



Workshop Hours:

Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 5PM Pacific Time, 1 hour break in the middle of the day. 

September 10 & 11, 2021

Cost: $375

Materials List: Provided after registration

Registration: Maximum of 15

Refund Policy: No refunds unless your workshop position can be filled by another person.


All levels welcome. Prior enamelling experience is recommended. 

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: Gabrielle Castonguay

Upcoming Schedule

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Separation Oil in Enamel with Gabrielle Castonguay

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