The Amy Roper Lyons Workshop is now full. We are now planning new workshop ideas and welcome your input.
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:
The program will begin with a short business meeting and introduction of the officer candidates for anyone who may not have met them. Ann Davis will entertain us with a demonstration of pen plating gold on fine silver so we can all add a little bling to our work.
How to Get There
For those who may not have been to the Glen Echo classrooms, click on this link to get detailed directions: http://glenechopark.org/directions-parking
Once you have parked, walk across the footbridge and you will see a large cream-colored building with a hanging sign that says “Photo Works.” Enter the door close to that sign. Take the elevator to the second floor and our room is #201.
Get ready to think about a whole new way of enameling on die-cut metal…because after Jayne’s workshop you will be able to design and make your own precise multiple shapes and form them into 3-D pieces of silver or copper, large or small, simple or complex. It’s up to you and your imagination.
This workshop will deal directly with how to make the blanking dies that you will saw from tool steel. Your die will cut metal that is thinner than the thickness of your die. You can use either a heavy duty bench vise or a hydraulic press to cut shapes with your die. The shapes will be precision cut and of your own design.
The pattern sawed out needs to be beveled at a specific angle to create a shearing action. You will use a special bench pin and protractor which help keep your tool steel at the correct angle while you saw out your design.
You will learn how to design and engineer the die. Jayne will teach you the proper placement and proportion of hinge to pattern so your die will work well. You will also learn how to make multiple dies which have two or three shapes spaced apart so that you can cut several at once. Re-insert the metal, offset by one, to efficiently cut several more.
You will learn pattern development. Jayne will teach her design process for working out shapes and planning for forming and connecting the pieces. She will bring examples of her work and show step-by-step samples of how pieces can be put together. One of her techniques is “faux tubing” shown in the picture below. She will show you some interesting design possibilities, and you will be encouraged to think beyond the obvious.
We will not be doing any enameling in this workshop. But you must see the next pictures of the work done by Barbara Bowling after she made her blanking die in Jayne’s class…then enameled the metal in her own studio. Stunning! Hope you are feeling inspired…
The workshop will be held at WashingtonArtWorks, 12276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville MD 20852 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 7, 8 and 9. Hours will be 10:00 to 5:00. The cost will be $345 for guild members and $385 for nonmembers. There will be a $150 kit fee (an aluminum rotational bench pin $115, tool steel $25, magnetic protractor $10).
NEG and the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths are cohosting this workshop. NEG and WGG members have received applications by email and should send them in ASAP since the workshop will be filled by the first to sign up. There is a twelve student maximum. If you are not a guild member and would like an application, go to washingtonguildofgoldsmiths.com/workshops and click on Workshop Application.
Jayne Redman, a Maine native, earned her B.F.A. in Jewelry and Silversmithing from the Maine College of Art in 1977. She began her jewelry career in New York as a design and production assistant in the fashion jewelry industry. She started her own company, Jayne Redman Jewelry, in 1982. Jayne is the recipient of numerous awards including the Niche Award for Silver Jewelry and Lapidary Journal’s Jewelry Arts Award and has been a finalist in the Saul Bell Awards.
Jayne has been featured in articles for Crafts Report, AJM/MJSA Journal, Lapidary Journal, Professional Jeweler, Niche, and Ornament magazines. Examples of her work illustrate the books Art Jewelry Today by Donna Z. Meilach, Making Metal Beads by Pauline Warg, 500 Earrings by Lark Books and 20th Century Jewelry – The Best of the 500 Series by Lark Books. She was a contributor to the book Profiting by Design by Marlene Richey.
Jayne is a former faculty member of the Maine College of Art Department of Jewelry and Metals. She teaches workshops nationally and at Riverview Workshops at Jayne Redman Studio in southern Maine. She is represented by fine jewelry and craft stores across the country.
Visit her website at jayneredmanjewelry.com.
We are bringing Cynthia from her home in Tucson to spend three days with us sharing her approach to creating the dazzling multi-panel enamels she is known for. Her workshop at the last Enamelist Society conference was a hit, and because of that we have had a lot of inquiries from people from around the country. So don’t delay after the Glen Echo registration opens. We are limiting the workshop to 9 people so we will have 3 people per kiln.
The workshop will begin with a discussion of Cynthia’s approach to design development and ways to translate a concept to panel composition. She will demonstrate the process by making a 4-panel piece and will discuss images of other work that she has done. The first class project will be a 4-panel piece made up of 4″x6″ pieces of 16 gauge copper. From inspirational pictures provided by each student, Cynthia will help work out the design and execution. The second project will be a 4-panel work made up of 6″x8″ pieces of 16 gauge copper. Again, she will help with advice on color layering and multiple firing, as well as placing lump enamel “jewels” if desired. For those who have time, there may be a third project of 2 or 4 panels. Students will learn how to clean and prepare the copper, how to flux and counter enamel, how to fire on a “bed of nails,” how to flatten panels that warp from heat, and how to use the frameless French cleat system for hanging that allows for an attractive final presentation.
The workshop will be held at Glen Echo Park, MD on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 19-21, 2014. Hours will be 10:00 to 5:00. The cost will be $435 plus a $13 Park registration fee. The cost for copper will be $56 for the first two projects, and either $18 or $36 more if a 2 or 4 panel 3rd project is done. Class size is limited to 9.
Registration is handled by the Glen Echo Park system. Registration will open at 10:00 am on August 4 when 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.
Cynthia Miller…see her website at finefusions.com and read her personal statement: “The Arts are my lifelong passion. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Illinois, I studied Copper Enameling with Richard Loving at the Art Institute of Chicago. A Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Northwestern University in 1978 completed my formal arts education. We lived in Evanston, Illinois, while my two sons were growing up; I was an account executive in advertising and film. During the 1990’s I taught art and humanities at Columbia College and at the International Academy of Design in Chicago. Since moving to Tucson, Arizona , in 2000, I have been teaching art, theatre and yoga at Pima College. My copper enameling art continues to be my life’s passion.”
34th Mesa Contemporary Art Museum Juried Award: 2013
NICHE Finalist: 2012-Enamel on Metal
NICHE Award: 2011 – Enamel on Metal
Best in Show: 2010 – Mamaroneck, NY Art Guild
Red Ribbon: 2010 – Ventana Competition, Tucson
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!
This three day workshop for intermediate and advanced enamelists is aimed to provide new skills and help with design challenges. The workshop will focus on layering techniques and color gradation, combining opaque, transparent and opalescent enamels for small scale jewelry-type pieces. The layers will also integrate copper, silver and gold foils as important design elements. You will learn how to make your own hand-made foils and you will fold, emboss, stamp and chase them to create one-of-a-kind expressive excitement in your enamels.
The workshop will be held at Glen Echo Park, MD on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 25, 26 and 27, 2014. Hours will be 9:30 to 4:30 pm. The cost will be $390 plus a $13 Park registration fee. There will be a materials fee of $18 payable to the instructor. 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 3 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.
A self-taught enamelist, Ricky Frank has made and sold his cloisonne jewelry for 37 years. He has exhibited at prestigious craft shows, including the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. He is known for his glowing transparent colors, flowing gradations and the personal imagery of his cloisonne jewelry. See his work at rickyfrankenamels.com.