A dialogue with enamel – exploring process with Jane Short

Ref: S3D10461


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About this course

Focus on the techniques of champlevé, basse taille and cloisonné on silver, and explore ways of mixing, layering and juxtaposing colour. Aimed at enamellers with experience who wish to extend their current practice.

Course Description

This course is an opportunity for those with enamelling experience to review and extend their current practice.

On the first evening there will be a discussion of each student's work and experience – what you want to achieve during the course.

Working within and around the techniques of champlevé, basse taille and cloisonné, on silver, we will look in particular at ways of mixing, layering, and juxtaposing colour; using texturing to enhance the enamel. We will also look at visual starting points and how to translate our ideas into enamel.

The aim is for you to produce a series of test pieces of enamel, and a simple finished piece of jewellery, such as earrings, brooch, pendant, or cufflinks.

This course would also suit experienced jewellers wishing to incorporate enamel into their work.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Please bring a range of enamel colours if you have them, silver sheet, and any other enamelling tools you may have, including pestle and mortar.
  • It is suggested that you also bring any jewellery hand tools that you may have that you think might be useful, such as piercing saw and blades, engraving tools, etc.
  • A clean large gents handkerchief or tea towel or similar absorbent cloth.
  • A small sketchbook and colour pencils/crayons/paint.
  • Any source material for your ideas as drawings and photos. Also think about some ideas about ways in which you would like to play with the enamel, and what qualities the enamel has that particularly attract you.
  • An apron and covered footwear (no sandals) in the workshop, ties if you have long hair.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Fine paintbrush (size 1 or 2)
  • Short 'mushroom' handles for engraving tools
  • Silver sheet 0.7mm, 1mm, 1.2mm
  • Blythes flux
  • Some engraving tools: Gravers (½ round no. 4, flats nos. 6, 10)
  • Carborundum sticks
  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor will also provide a range of enamels from which to work, for which a small charge will be made, depending on quantity used.


Jane Short

Jane has had training both as a jeweller and silversmith, graduating from the Royal college of Art in 1979. She has been enamelling since 1974, and has a wide experience of enamelling on silver both on a smaller and larger scale. As well as producing her own work to commission, Jane has many years of teaching experience. Her work can be seen in several collections including the V&A, Fitzwilliam and Ashmolean museums, and the Queens Collection, and she is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Company.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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