Marcus Synnot to Teach Torch-Fired Plique a Jour Workshop, April 2013


We at NEG are fortunate to be on the travel path of Marcus Synnot, who is on a long journey from his home in Western Australia.   He has agreed to stop here for a few days to open for us what he calls his Pandora’s Box.  A special few will experience his original approach to torch-fired plique a jour and creating three-dimensional enameled wonders. It is unlikely that this three-day intensive workshop will be repeated, so if you have an interest, consider this your opportunity.


Torch-Fired Plique a Jour

Marcus will begin by teaching the development of a simple filigree flower. You will use a rolling mill to flatten the round fine silver wire. Then you will cut and form the wires to your design and solder them. You will then wet-pack the small cells with transparent enamel and melt the enamel with the torch multiple times. After mastering the basic technique with this practice piece, you will then make a more sophisticated three-dimensional piece of your own design using his torch-fired plique a jour technique.  You will also learn finishing techniques, and technical information will be discussed. The class will be small and Marcus will be there to help out in every way. You may expect a lot of personal attention from this delightful and talented man.


Workshop Details

The workshop will be held at the jewelry school owned by Daniel Valencia located in the DC Arts Studios in Takoma Park.  The address is JewelryclassDC, 6925 Willow St. NW Suite 100E, Washington DC 20012.  The dates are April 17, 18 and 19.  Note that this is Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  We were unfortunately not able to schedule a weekend for this workshop, but we know you will find creative solutions to be able to attend.  The hours will be 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.  The price of the workshop is $375 plus a materials kit fee of $44 payable at the workshop.  Class size is limited to six.


How to Sign Up

Registration is handled by NEG.   Please send a check for $375 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.


Marcus Synnot comes to us from Mount Claremont, Western Australia and is known internationally for his elegant enamel jewelry depicting things from nature–birds, butterflies, flowers, fish. Read more about him and his work at

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