Beyond the Basics: Advanced Decals and Transfers

Saturday, October 26, 2024; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, October 27, 2024; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

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Cost: $675

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Continue your explorations with decals- as imagery, pattern, and texture in this advanced workshop with Pat Nelson!

In this class, we go beyond the basics of decal structure, application, and firing, and begin to use the fired decal surface as a basis for other enameling techniques. We will "break the rules" and explore how to overlap decals, apply enamels on top of fired decals, integrate decals with traditional enamel techniques, remove some of the decal surfaces, and generally handle decals in free, even painterly, methods. 

Techniques covered include: 

  • Using decals effectively with enamels: firing, color selection, etc.
  • Overlapping decals
  • Multiple firings with decals
  • Working the surface of the decals after transfer- stoning, adding color, etc.
  • Cloisonnè over decals- including basic cloisonnè technique of bending and firing wires, wet packing, firing, and finishing
  • Adapting decals to your own style and aesthetic of enameling 


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


A kit of materials is included with this class.



Classes at our school incluse 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 below). Feel free to contact us with any questions. 

Tools for this Class

This is a list of tools online students 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.

  • Variety of Transparent and Opaque Enamels
  • 6-8 Pre enameled tiles or copper shapes approx. 2” square- flat or low dome.
  • Kiln
  • Mesh firing rack
  • Firing fork
  • Old magazines or glossy pages that can be destroyed
  • Trivets
  • Heat protective gloves or similar
  • CHEAP toaster oven
  • Assortment of Brushes in a variety of sizes- Including a small pointed tip detail brush (0, 2/0, or 3/0)
  • Sifters- 100 and 150 mesh
  • Scriber or other pointed needle tool
  • Precision tweezers
  • Small sharp pointed scissors
  • Container for water
  • Rubber or plastic rib
  • Golden OPEN Acrylic Gel Medium, matte or gloss
  • Paper towels
  • Drawing supplies including paper and pencil
  • Dust mask
  • Alundum stone or 3M Diapads for grinding
  • Klyrfire A-1
    • If you will be enameling domed forms you will also need a Fine Mist sprayer or Preval sprayer
  • Lint free Paper towels
  • Scotch brite (green scrub pad from grocery store)
  • Dawn dish detergent
  • Bowl for soaking decals
  • Tray or aluminum foil to rest pieces on for the baking process
  • A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class


Students must have prior experience with basic enameling skills and kiln firing, as well as experience working with and firing decals. 


Pat Nelson (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. 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.

We recommend that in person students be vaccinated, but it's not required. 

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. 

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.