Summer Quarter

June 29 – August 23

Fall Quarter

September 19 – December 9

 

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Enameling Faculty

Judy Stone – Department Head
Katy Joksch
Olga Barmina
Roberta Smith
Celeste Christie
Chris Spurrell

Enameling is the colorful result of fusing powdered glasses to metal using high heat to form a durable vitreous coating. The first enamels date to the 6th Century BC, in ancient Cyprus. At The Crucible, we teach both traditional and experimental application techniques, onto various metals—from gold to steel (and everything in between) to make objects ranging from fine cloisonné jewelry to large-scale steel sculptures and wall pieces.

Summer Quarter

Please see the Class Index page here.

Fall Quarter

Enameling 3-Hour Taster

Tasters are a great way to explore the myriad art disciplines we offer. Take a class with a friend, create a special gift to share. Not sure which of our incredible classes to take, want to introduce someone new to a craft, have an itch to just try something new without too much commitment. Try Blacksmithing, Enameling, Sand Casting, Glass Fusing, Jewelry, or Leather. What will you discover next?

A Primer in 3D Enameling

Explore the art of three-dimensional metal forms in this introductory one-day workshop. We’ll work with soft copper sheet, mesh, and copper wire. You’ll learn to plan for adding enamel to form and how to fire forms. Spray equipment and some industrial enameling materials and traditional jewelry enamels used. No previous enameling or metalworking knowledge needed.

Enameling I

Discover the ancient art of fusing glass to metal. You’ll learn techniques in metal preparation and fabrication for enameling, kiln properties and firing methods, properties of enamel, and dry and wet applications. No previous experience in jewelry making, enameling, or metalworking needed.

Enameling II

Take the next step with this continuing course. Further develop the skills learned in Enameling I including torch firing, basic enamel painting, and working with precious metals, and 3-D forms. In addition to lots of experimenting, students will produce at least 3 finished pieces. No previous metalworking experience necessary.

Small Scale Cloisonne Enameling

Use science to hone your artistic skills with this intricate process of enameling. Use the rich, subtle, and distinctive colors of transparent and opalescent enamels on fine silver to create small pieces of jewelry or artwork. Learn painterly shading techniques and high-gloss polishing.

Fred Ball Experimental Enameling Technique

Explore this inspiring technique with Judy Stone. Fred Uhl Ball (1945-1985) was an enamellist who lived and taught in Sacramento. Currently undergoing a revival, Ball’s techniques and approach to enameling were viewed as highly unorthodox at the time, but created a firm basis for current contemporary enameling. The techniques included working with fire scale, creating collages, using liquid enamel and other materials associated with the porcelain enamel industry, over- and under-firing, and much more.

Plique-A-Jour

Plique-a-jour (French: “open to light”) is the most admired of the many enameling techniques with French names. Enamel is fired into a backless frame creating a luminous effect similar to looking through a stained glass window. In this class you will learn how to design, make and finish pierced plique- a -jour pieces, sawing out metal and filling the spaces with vitreous enamel. We will work with fine silver and various enamels to make pendants and earrings.

20 Shades of Grey: Medieval Enameling Techniques

Learn traditional and experimental techniques in grisaille enameling. Grisaille, which means grey, is often associated with medieval French enameling. In this two-day course, we’ll cover each step in the traditional process and experiment with other methods including, application of silver foil and touches of gold to enhance the pieces and sgraffito style grisaille.

Enameling Lab

Practice and perfect the skills you learn in class. Push the boundaries and explore new possibilities with your craft. Lab sessions are held for five hours and run for five weeks. Lab time is supervised but does not include instruction or materials. You are free to come and go at your convenience during open lab hours. Labs are typically non instructional, but a lab monitor will be present to answer questions, manage safety, and provide overall support. *Labs are exclusively for Crucible members

Future Quarters

Enameling Three-Hour Taster

Tasters are a great way to explore the myriad art disciplines we offer. Take a class with a friend, create a special gift to share. Not sure which of our incredible classes to take, want to introduce someone new to a craft, have an itch to just try something new without too much commitment. Try Blacksmithing, Enameling, Sand Casting, Glass Fusing, Jewelry, or Leather. What will you discover next?

Enameling I

Discover the ancient art of fusing glass to metal. You’ll learn techniques in metal preparation and fabrication for enameling, kiln properties and firing methods, properties of enamel, and dry and wet applications. No previous experience in jewelry making, enameling, or metalworking needed.

Enameling II

Take the next step with this continuing course. Further develop the skills learned in Enameling I including torch firing, basic enamel painting, and working with precious metals, and 3-D forms. In addition to lots of experimenting, students will produce at least 3 finished pieces. No previous metalworking experience necessary.

Enamel Painting and Drawing

This workshop will focus on drawing and painting with the use of vitreous enamels on copper and pre-enameled steel. Liquid, watercolor and oil based enamels will all be used in this course as well as drawing materials such as graphite, ceramic oxide pencils and chalks. Previous drawing and painting experience is a plus but not required as the instructor will discuss color theory, composition, and different painting techniques.

Exploring Liquid Enamels

Get an overview of how to work with the materials the enameling industry uses for signage, appliances, utensils and architectural elements. We will draw, paint, silk-screen and airbrush on heavy-gauge, pre-coated, specialized enameling steel using porcelain enamel slip, screening inks and various other materials.

Plique-a-jour: Stained Glass Enameling

Plique-a-jour (French: “open to light”) is the most admired of the many enameling techniques with French names. Enamel is fired into a backless frame creating a luminous effect similar to looking through a stained glass window. In this class you will learn how to design, make and finish pierced plique- a -jour pieces, sawing out metal and filling the spaces with vitreous enamel. We will work with fine silver and various enamels to make pendants and earrings.

Limoges: Painting with Glass

Learn to “paint” enamels, metal oxides and overglazes mixed with various oils on copper, achieving the fine detail of the hand-drawn line, and simulating delicate watercolor washes. This enameling technique first appeared in medieval Limoges, France, and is practiced most prolifically today in Russia.

Small Scale Cloisonné Enameling

Use science to hone your artistic skills with this intricate process of enameling. Use the rich, subtle, and distinctive colors of transparent and opalescent enamels on fine silver to create small pieces of jewelry or artwork. Learn painterly shading techniques and high-gloss polishing.

A Primer in 3D Enameling

Explore the art of three-dimensional metal forms in this introductory one-day workshop. We’ll work with soft copper sheet, mesh, and copper wire. You’ll learn to plan for adding enamel to form and how to fire forms. Spray equipment and some industrial enameling materials and traditional jewelry enamels used. No previous enameling or metalworking knowledge needed.

The Magic of Decals on Enamels

Ceramic decals are a wonderful way to make enamel photography. Transfer images from a special paper to an enameled surface to create your own one-of-a-kind pieces. Each student will do 4-5 pieces on both copper and enamel-coated steel. Learn to color your decals with enamel and to make your own decals in black and white and color.

Grisaille: Techniques in Medieval Enameling

Often associated with medieval French enameling, grisaille (“gray”) is the application of white enamel to a black enamel background; after many applications and firings, the white sinks into the black, creating halftones and shading. You will learn traditional grisaille enameling as well as a few experimental approaches to grisaille. You will apply black enamel to a copper piece to create a smooth, dark background, then use finely-ground white enamels to paint over it, with light areas, taking more white enamel layers than gray areas, creating an impression of low relief. You will experiment with the application of silver foil and touches of gold to enhance the pieces. You will also explore sgraffito-style grisaille and other experimental approaches.

Enameling and Setting Hydraulically Created Forms

This class will introduce you to the creation of dimensional forms in copper using the hydraulic press. These forms will then be enameled using the torch to fire. The enameled forms will be set in a variety of ways including bezels, modified prongs, and cold connections) to create completed jewelry pieces.

Enameling on Metal Clay

Combine two exciting techniques to design and create 2-3 pieces of colorful fine silver jewelry. First, you will use Metal Clay, which enables you to create jewelry or other decorative fine silver pieces without metalsmithing techniques: you can roll, press or mold Metal Clay to create the perfect base for an enameling process. Next, you’ll add beautiful color to this piece by enameling, fusing glass to metal with high heat.

Working Large: A Journey into Industrial Enameling on Steel

Take part in this weeklong intensive class to explore large scale enameling on steel. The enameling industry, sometimes called the “porcelain”’ enamel industry, uses liquid enamels to coat signage, appliances, utensils, and architectural elements for indoor and outdoor use.  In this class we will draw, paint, airbrush, silkscreen, stencil, and much more with these materials.  We will fire onto pre-coated specialized steel panels.  We are fortunate during the class to be able to take at least one field trip up to Santa Rosa, CA to visit the factory that makes enameled signs and has worked with many artists over the last 12 years. Among other smaller pieces, each student work on a larger panel that will be fired at the Santa Rosa factory.

Fred Ball’s Experimental Enameling Techniques

Explore this inspiring technique with Judy Stone. Fred Uhl Ball (1945-1985) was an enamellist who lived and taught in Sacramento. Currently undergoing a revival, Ball’s techniques and approach to enameling were viewed as highly unorthodox at the time, but created a firm basis for current contemporary enameling. The techniques included working with fire scale, creating collages, using liquid enamel and other materials associated with the porcelain enamel industry, over- and under-firing, and much more.

Enameling Lab

Practice and perfect the skills you learn in class. Push the boundaries and explore new possibilities with your craft. Lab sessions are held for five hours and run for five weeks. Lab time is supervised but does not include instruction or materials. You are free to come and go at your convenience during open lab hours. Labs are typically non instructional, but a lab monitor will be present to answer questions, manage safety, and provide overall support. *Labs are exclusively for Crucible members