Sifters! Sifters! Sifters!

Saturday, December 4, 2021; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)


Cost: $175

This class is already under way. Please see below for any other available workshop dates.

Sifting, sifting, sifting! Sifting is one of the main ways of applying enamel to metal in preparation for firing, and sifters are one of the first tools an enamelist gets.

However, one size doesn't fit all! 

Have you ever asked yourself which sifters to use when you start an enameled project or why are there so many different types of sifters: 40, 60, 80, 100, 150, 200, and 325 Meshes? Why so many choices?

Join Gabrielle Castonguay in this one day workshop on everything you ever wanted to know about sifters! Gabrielle will guide you through how to create your own sifters, exactly right for what you need! Nothing is more satisfying to work with a tool we’ve made ourselves for our artistic and technical needs.

The use of various meshes while sifting enamel will be discussed and examples of the arrays of applications and possibilities will be shown and practiced in class.


This course is available as a live online class.


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.

  • Brushes
  • Piece of 80, 100, or 150 mesh
  • 3" diameter PVC pipe
  • Soldering iron
  • Sifters: small 80 mesh, medium 60, 80, 150, and 200 mesh
  • Tools for mark-making
  • Tweezers
  • Dust mask
  • Stamps and stencils
  • Towel or apron
  • Watercolor tray or plastic spoons
  • Glossy magazine pages
  • Klyrfire
  • Assorted enamel colors (80 mesh)
  • 6 2"x2" copper sqaures
  • If torch firing: Torch, extra fuel, tripod and mesh or firebrick 
  • If kiln firing: Kiln, friring fork, and mesh firing rack

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.



Enameling 1 or equivalent experience required. Students should be familiar with basic sifting and firing for enamels. 


Gabrielle Castonguay (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.

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.