In the Line of Fire with Anne Havel

Join enamelist Anne Havel for a journey into the techniques she's known for and how to use them  to create layered, intricate, and colorful pieces.

Using a torch or kiln, Anne will show you how to use liquid enamel for sgraffito techniques, including those super thin fine lines she is known for! You'll learn how to then build off of that initial firing by using transparent enamel colors, and how to use firescale and over-firing for desired effects. From there, we will cover line creation and imagery using graphite initially, and then applying painting enamels for depth and color. From preparation through final firing, Anne will show you how to keep the integrity of the drawings and line work. 

Safety, forming, and how to work with the enamel pieces to maintain integrity and strength will all be covered. This is an incredibly comprehensive look into the techniques and skills that Anne specializes in and makes her work so unique! 

 

Techniques covered include:

  • Torch firing liquid and powdered enamels
  • Torch safety 
  • Multiple firing station set-up options
  • Kiln firing liquid and powdered enamels
  • Metal preparation including forming
  • Counter enameling
  • Sgraffito
  • Wet packing enamels
  • Underfiring and over firing with control
  • Graphite drawing
  • Painting enamels

 

This course is available as a live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.

 

A kit of materials is included with this class.

 

Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. 

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.

  • 4 20-22ga copper shapes (stay simple and towards a rounder shape) 
  • Tripod
  • 12" mesh firing screen
  • Trivets: small, medium, and large
  • 2 pair locking tweezers or 1 long nose pliers 
  • ½ oz each of approx. 10 transparent enamel colors
  • 80 and 150 mesh sifters
  • Metal spoon
  • Penny brite or other abrasive metal cleaner
  • Paper towels or rags
  • 4 water jars
  • Sharp picks or dental tools, wax carving tools
  • Glossy magazine pages for sifting 
  • Bottle caps of various sizes and pennies
  • Lidded container approx 4”x4”x2” 
  • Plastic spoon and fork
  • Nitrile or disposable rubber gloves
  • Wood dapping block
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Hammer with low dome metal face, such as as a planishing hammer
  • Tinted eye protection
  • Half face respirator with P100 cartridges
  • ½ oz of approx 10 transparent enamel colors
  • Graphite pencils and eraser
  • Etchall cream glass etch
  • Torch- actylene/air, mapp gas, large butane
  • Heat proof surface to fire enamels on
  • Painting Enamels in an assortment of colors

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

 

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

 

Prerequisites:

No prior experience necessary- beginners welcome! 

Instructor:

Anne Havel (Guest)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.