We are excited to begin our Workshop Series by bringing in Jan Harrell from the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas. You can see her website link and biography after the workshop descriptions. She is an energetic teacher who spills out more than you can keep up with, so come prepared. She will spend Friday focusing on her special connection techniques for adding some creativity to mounting your enamels. She will provide a kit of elements so you can try out the connections that she is demonstrating. No enameling on this day. This workshop will be held at Creative Metalworks so we can utilize Michael Schwartz’s metals facility.
Then Jan will spend Saturday and Sunday teaching techniques she has developed for adding exciting surface textures to your enamels. This workshop will be all hands on with two days of enameling. She will also bring her teaching samples so she can fill in with lots of additional techniques. This workshop will be held at Glen Echo Park.
Connections for Enamels, Friday, March 8
The Friday workshop, Connections for Enamels, will be a fast-paced day covering a variety of connections that Jan has used in her work to combine her enamel components and fragile found objects into a metal composition. She has put together a materials kit so you will get hands-on time with some of the special elements she uses. She will also bring samples to discuss in order to increase the scope of the workshop.
Some of the things she will cover:
tubing rivets applied to enamels prior to enameling
telescoping and articulating rivets
the use of purchased components for rivets
bezels that are not functional
trap settings with the hydraulic press
screws and nuts
tap and die
The workshop will be held at Creative Metalworks, 10501 Wheatley Street, Kensington MD 20895 on Friday, March 8, 2013. Hours will be 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The cost will be $145, plus a materials kit fee of $15 payable at the workshop. Class size is limited to 11.
How to Sign Up
Registration is handled by NEG. Please send a check for $145 to NEG, c/o Vera Meyer, 5105 45th Street NW, Washington DC 20016. NEG members will receive a $15 refund check at the workshop. The workshop will be filled by the first to sign up.
Textures for Enamels, Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10
On Saturday and Sunday, Jan will teach Textures for Enamels where she will reveal how to add the seductive quality of a raised pattern or texture which may then be enhanced by precious metal inlay. By creating hills and valleys of enamels, patterns can be developed. Within these raised surfaces, gold or silver foil will be added to create embossed gilded areas. Copper leaf and metal inlays can also be added. Enamels will take on a stone-like quality. Wet-packing into the ridges and stoning will create another effect entirely. With careful sugar firing, the texture of the surfaces can be enhanced. Jan will also bring all her samples so additional embellishing techniques can be discussed and demonstrated.
The workshop will be held at Glen Echo Park, MD on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, 2013. Hours will be 9:30 to 4:30 pm. The cost will be $275 plus a $12 Park registration fee. Class size is limited to 11.
How to Sign Up
Registration is handled by the Glen Echo Park system. Registration will open at 10:00 am on February 2 when you may register by going to glenechopark.org or by calling 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.
Jan Arthur Harrell has been involved in the enamel medium for over thirty-five years. She received her BFA in Jewelry and Enamel from Texas Tech University. After raising her family, she resumed her studies at the University of Houston where she received her MFA in Sculpture in 2007. For the last twenty years, she has been the enameling instructor at the Glassell School of Art, the teaching school for the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. Jan exhibits jewelry scale and small object work nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards. Her work is included in several books on enameling and metalsmithing. View her work on the website janharrell.com.