We are happy to announce that registration is now open for the Enameling on Metal Clay Workshop, which will take place at Glen Echo Park in Maryland May 18-20, 2018. The class will be taught by well known metal clay artist Cindy Silas. The class will meet Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 t0 4:30. The cost is $350 for three days, plus a supply fee for the metal clay depending on how much you use. To register: (1) go to www.glenechopark.org, (2) click on “Take a Class”, then “Register”; (3) under “Catalog Search”, Type “Enameling on Metal Clay”. Or call the registrar at 301-634-2226.
In this workshop, students will learn to make and enamel metal clay jewelry or other small items in both silver and copper clay. They will spend the first two days creating metal pieces for enameling with custom shapes, thicknesses, textures, and embellishments such as bails, bezels, and fireable gemstones. Students will learn metal clay specific techniques such as texturing, cutting, doming, construction, firing and finishing. By day three or before students will start enameling their pieces plus learn a few additional techniques that Cindy has developed that can embellish enameled work.
Enamels will be provided. Students can buy PMC3 silver and COPPRclay from the instructor of bring those brands of metal clay. To see more on metal clay and the instructor go to www.cindysilas.com.
Coming up soon: a three day workshop dedicated to enameling on metal clay, to be taught by Cindy Silas, a well known metal clay artist. The workshop will take place September 15-17, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) from 10:30am-4:30pm, at the Glen Echo Park in Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.
Students will learn to make and enamel metal clay jewelry or other small items in both silver and copper clay. They will spend the first two days creating metal clay pieces for enameling with custom shapes, thicknesses, textures, and embellishments such as bails, bezels, and fireable gemstones. Students will learn metal clay specific techniques such as texturing, cutting, doming, construction, firing, and finishing. Enameling on other metals that are available in clay form such as sterling, bronze, and steel will be discussed. On day three, students will learn the ins and outs of enameling their metal clay creations plus learn a few additional techniques that Cindy has developed that can embellish enameled work. Enamels will be provided. Students can buy PMC3 silver and COPPRclay from the instructor or bring those brands of metal clay. The cost of the three day workshop is $350. Sign up through Glen Echo (www.glenechopark.org or contact email@example.com) To see more on metal clay and the instructor go to www.cindysilas.com. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jan Harrell Workshop which took place at Glen Echo May 19-21 was a a great success! The group learned a large number of Jan’s enamel tricks that make enameling easier and more fun. These included sgrafitto, stenciling, decals, foils, pencil drawing, and many other techniques. For those who missed her, Jan is teaching a stencil course at the Enamelist Society meeting in Arrowmont, TN. Google her for a listing of other courses she is offering this year and next.
New up — well known metal clay artist Cindy Silas is teaching a three day workshop on enameling on metal clay this fall. The course runs from September 15 – 17, 2017, at Glen Echo National Park in Glen Echo, Maryland 20812. The participants will spend the first two days learning how to manipulate silver and copper clay, and on the third day will be enameling the pieces. More details will be offered soon
Texan Jan Harrell will teach a three day workshop May 19-21, 2017 (Friday-Sunday) at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland. In this fast paced 3 day workshop, sponsored by the National Enamelist Guild, the focus will be on creating samples of techniques.
Students will bring at least 12 copper squares of approximately 20-22 gauge in the 2 x 3 size range. They should be counter enameled before the workshop. These will be stored in a provided sheet protector for baseball cards.
Many of the older techniques- sgraffito, basse taille, liquid enamel, embellishments- have some new spins that Jan has developed from 25 years of teaching in a continuing program of enamels. Exciting screening and decal techniques have really expanded the ability to add decorative patterns to enamel.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own shapes to create some finished pieces using some of their sample exercises.
Jan will bring lots of samples of the various techniques. Each person will also be provided a 3 x 3 copper square with turned down box edges. During the workshop, this piece will incorporate some of the techniques learned –a crazy quilt of sorts of favorite techniques.
The cost of the course is $375 for the three days plus an additional supply fee. To sign up go to glenechopark.org or call the registrar at 301-634-2226. For more information contact Sara Paulson at 202-365-0334 or email@example.com.
For those who do not know Jan, see the video below that Jan made for Cool Tools.
The Amy Roper Lyons Workshop is now full. We are now planning new workshop ideas and welcome your input.
The NEG has just scheduled a workshop with enamel artist Amy Roper Lyons. The workshop will take place May 13-15, 2016, at the Glen Echo Arts Center in Maryland. Amy will teach a plique a jour enamel class. Participants will have the option of creating their own plique a jour metal framework, or buying a basic one from Amy. Amy is a renowned enamel artist, creating colorful and creative plique a jour vessels and jewelry, as well as cloisonné jewelry. More details to follow.
Create a rich enamel surface with screen-printed images, textures, patterns and colors. Make your own images for the screen through familiar art methods of drawing, painting, printing, photography or collage.
In this three day workshop Kathy will first teach an easy do-it-yourself home method of making screens using the PhotoEZ system–no need for a Thermofax machine. She will send information and suggestions before the workshop so you can arrive with your designs to make your own screen. She will also discuss other methods for comparison and tell you where to send your art for custom screens when you prefer not to make them yourself.
On the second and third days you will learn how to dry screen print with standard powder enamel and how to fire your screened print. A screen can be used over and over again and can be applied to create enamel jewelry or wall pieces.
Kathy will teach a variety of ways to work with the screens including masking, registration, sift screening and more. The image can be completely screened or partially screened. She will also give you various ways to combine your images with enamel techniques such as fire scale, sgraffito and other stencils.
The workshop will be held at Glen Echo Park, MD on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 2, 3 and 4 2015. Hours will be 10:30 to 4:30 on Friday and 10:00 to 4:30 on Saturday and Sunday. The cost will be $390 plus a $13 Park registration fee. One screen is included and there will be a small fee per screen if you make additional ones.
Registration is handled by the Glen Echo Park system. You may register online by going to glenechopark.org or you may call 301-634-2226. NEG members will receive a $15 refund check at the workshop. The workshop is limited to 11 and will be filled by the first to sign up.
Kathy Wilcox has been a professional artist, enamelist and educator since 1976. She has taught art elementary through 12th grade in the local school system and art centers. She currently teaches adult enamel workshops from her studio, at art centers and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Tennessee. Her enamel jewelry and wall pieces are exhibited and sold in national juried shows, art festivals, museums and galleries, and she has received numerous awards. Her work has been published in the “Art of Enameling” book and most recently in “500 Enameled Objects.” See her website at wilcoxenamels.com.
To sign up for the Jessica Calderwood workshop (June 20,21), click this link: http://www.ssreg.com/glenechopark/classes/classes.asp?courseid=30250&catid=4595
“Creative Mark-Making in Enamel,” given by Jessica Calderwood, is a fast-paced workshop that will focus on different ways to make marks and render in vitreous enamel. Starting with copper sheet and porcelain-coated steel, demonstrations will be given on sgraffito, etching cream, underglaze pencils, ceramic oxides, overglazes/china paint, and glass beads. Expect to create a series of experimental process samples as a way to open up your approach and expand your visual language.
The workshop will be held at Glen Echo Park, MD on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, 2015. Hours will be 10:30 to 4:30. The cost will be $280 plus a $13 Park registration fee. There will be a $15 supply fee payable to the instructor. Class size is limited to 11.
Registration is handled by the Glen Echo Park system. You may register online by going to glenechopark.org or you may call 301-634-2226. NEG members will receive a $15 refund check at the workshop. The workshop will be filled by the first to sign up.
Jessica Calderwood has exhibited her enamels throughout the U.S. and internationally in curated and juried exhibitions. She has participated in artist residencies with the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program and the Mesa Arts Center. Her work has also been published in Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft, NICHE, Ornament, the Lark 500 series, and the Art of Enameling. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. See her work at jessicacalderwood.com
Here are pieces of student work from a previous workshop: