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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 or call the registrar at 301-634-2226.  For more information contact Sara Paulson at 202-365-0334 or

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.

Kathy Wilcox Screen Printing Workshop

October 2, 3, 4

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.

"Swamp Gems" by Kathy Wilcox


Workshop Details

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.

"Who's There?" by Kathy Wilcox

How to Sign Up

Registration is handled by the Glen Echo Park system.  You may register online by going to 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.

"Whooping Crane Red" by Kathy Wilcox

"Sol Dance" by Kathy Wilcox


Kathy Wilcox firing in an enamel kiln(1)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

Jessica Calderwood Workshop Sign-up

To sign up for the Jessica Calderwood workshop (June 20,21), click this link:


Spring Membership Meeting May 25 at Glen Echo

We will meet at the Glen Echo classroom from 1:30 to 3:30 on Sunday, May 25 for our Spring Membership meeting. Bring along a piece or two that you have made recently for informal discussion, followed by a short business meeting.  Vera Meyer will then give us a demonstration of electro-etching for copper and silver.  Imagine etching with no fumes, no acid or hazardous chemicals, no waste to dispose of.  And with silver you capture the etched material and recycle!

New Officers!

??????????????????Vera Meyer, President


Sara Paulson, Vice President & Treasurer


Tina Chisena, Secretary


Ej Braida, Membership Director