PhotoShoot Day — Saturday, March 2

Photographer with photo cameraNEG has scheduled a PhotoShoot day, Saturday, March 2, for members who would like to get their pieces for the CCC Show photographed.  Professional photographer Greg Staley will be at 4434 Q Street NW, Washington DC 20007, starting at 10:00 to take the pictures for us.

We will try to minimize your waiting time by scheduling appointments, so email vera@nationalenamelistguild.com if you plan to attend.

You may have up to 8 pieces photographed.  The charge will be $10 per piece plus $2 postage and handling.  A cd with the images will be mailed to you on the following Saturday.

Remember, this event is a benefit of membership, so if you haven’t joined yet now is the time!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 marcus-synnot.com.au.

Creative Crafts Council Show 2013

Here is more information about the upcoming CCC show.  Your NEG membership makes you a member of the CCC, and earns you the discounted entry fee.  (Your NEG membership also earns discounts on workshops, so remember to send it in!)  The online application process begins February 22.

NEG will sponsor a $150 award for Best Enamel 2013 and 3 awards of $25 each for Outstanding Enamel 2013.

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Creative Crafts Council Show in 2013

CCCThis is the year for the Creative Crafts Council bienniel show.  The show, held at the Mansion at Strathmore, will be open for the general public to purchase items on display from May 4 through June 15.  While the show is a ways off, the online application for jurying will be held in February.  (Sorry, no details yet.)  So, if you don’t already have your entry ready, you are hereby notified that time is getting short.

The Creative Crafts Council (CCC) was established in 1955, and this will be the 29th bienniel show.   The Council represents eight regional fine craft guilds (including NEG) which have member artists living in the greater Washington DC area working in ceramics, enamel, glass, fiber, metals, mixed media, polymer clay and wood.  The CCC sponsors juried exhibitions every other year and fundraising auctions in the alternate year.   All work in the juried show is available for purchase.  Extraordinary pieces of fine contemporary craft will be on display, and the 2013 CCC Show is a place you will be proud to show your work.

It would be very exciting to see a strong showing of enamel pieces in this year’s show…let them know NEG has aroused from a deep slumber!  Cash prize awards will be presented at the opening night party, so to spice things up NEG will sponsor a $150 award for Best Enamel 2013 and 3 awards of $25 each for Outstanding Enamel 2013.  Now that’s something to feel warm and fuzzy about, and something nice to add to the resume.

Jan Harrell Workshops — March 2013

pic1-1We 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.

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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

trap settings with the hydraulic press

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Workshop Details

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.

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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.

Workshop Details

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.