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The Enameled Bowl Workshop

Averill Shepps, the well-known enamel artist, will teach a workshop November 10-11, 2018 that will focus on sifted enameling techniques used to produce a bowl. While the techniques learned can be applied to many other enameled shapes, the bowl’s steeper surface works well for the student to observe and practice the best methods for sifting and spraying to cover it properly.  Mastering sifting techniques opens whole new approaches to what is possible with enamel.

She will address methods for preparing the copper for enameling, and grade sifting enamel (mainly transparent enamel) into different grain sizes.  Clarity and depth of color will be an aim of the end result. The workshop will cover firing times and temperatures, including using underfiring as a technique to obtain control of your work. The workshop will also demonstrate creating designs for bowls using brushes, templates and stencils.  Enamels will be provided; students can bring or buy copper shapes/bowls.

Averill Shepps was educated as a scientist which has given her a greater understanding of the technical aspects of enameling that are often not explained. She will teach the why of a technique as well as just the how.  For more information on Averill, go to www.enamelist.com.

The workshop will be held at Glen Echo National Park, Glen Echo, Maryland

November 10-11, 2018  10:30 – 5:00

Registration opens August 5, 2018

Cost $250

Averill Shepps Blue Bowl Smaller

Metal Clay Course a Success! Plus new Enamel Book looking for entries.

Metal Clay artist Cindy Silas taught a workshop on enameling on metal clay May 18-20 that was a great success.  The participants were able to make and enamel jewelry pieces on both copper and silver clay.  Many of us had never tried metal clay before, but by the end of the workshop had made some lovely pieces.  Cindy taught us a wide range of metal clay techniques, from regenerating hardened metal clay to texturing the clay, adhering layers, and adding gems.

At the next NEG workshop Averill Shepps will teach us her tricks for enameling on copper bowls and other 3-D shapes.  That workshop will take place at Glen Echo National Park November 10-11, 2018

New Version of The Art of Fine Enameling

Karen Cohen, who put together The Art of Fine Enameling 15 years ago is in the process of updating the book with a new publisher.  She is looking for photo submissions.  The techniques she is looking for and how to submit photos (and the needed permission form) can be found at the following link: http://www.kcEnamels.com/enamel_book2 . If you have any questions, email: karen@kcEnamels.com or call 845-597-8386.

 

Upcoming Workshop: Enameling on Metal Clay

The National Enamelist Guild is offering a workshop May 18-20, 2018 at Glen Echo, Maryland, from 10:30 to 4:30.  Cindy Silas, a well-known metal clay artist, will teach the class.  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.

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 http://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. To see more on metal clay and the instructor go to www.cindysilas.com. Or contact sarapaulson@gmail.com.

NEGSilas_Scribble pendant, metal clay and enamel

Enamelist Society Summer Workshops

The Enamelist Society is offering workshops this summer from July 30-August 4, 2018 at the WW Carpenter Foundation in Bellevue, KY.  Instructors include Linda Darty (Cloisonné), John Killmaster (“Granular Spray – Sgrafitto Grisaille” and Enamel Crayons and Watercolors), Jessica Calderwood (“50 Shades of Gray”), and Marissa Saneholtz (Champlevé).

Registration for the 2018 Summer Workshop Series is now open. You can find the link to the registration form by following this link. All of the workshop information can be found on the Workshops page of the Society’s website as well (http://www.enamelistsociety.org/Activities/Workshops). Student Supply Lists will be made available later.  The Society has a block of rooms available at the Holiday Inn Express in Bellevue for $139/night, although they do not have a booking link available yet. Once the booking link for the rooms is available they will post it on the registration form as well as the Workshops page of their website. For questions please contact them via email (info@enamelistsociety.org or webmaster@enamelistsociety.org) or by phone (770-807-0142).

Enameling on Metal Clay Workshop

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.

Enameling on Metal Clay Workshop

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 registrar@glenechopark.org) To see more on metal clay and the instructor go to www.cindysilas.com. For more information email sarapaulson@gmail.com.Cindy Silas metal clay and enamel

Jan Harrell Workshop

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 soonCindy Silas metal clay and enamel

 

 

Jan Harrell Workshop May 19-21, 2017

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 sarapaulson@gmail.com.

For those who do not know Jan, see the video below that Jan made for Cool Tools.

Amy Roper Lyons Workshop

The Amy Roper Lyons Workshop is now full.  We are now planning new workshop ideas and welcome your input.

Spring 2016 workshop with Amy Roper Lyons

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 Amy Roper Lyons bowlcloisonné jewelry. More details to follow.