A dialogue with enamel – exploring process with Jane Short


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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.

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

More experienced students may wish to bring a pre-prepared item to be enamelled. Students can also use the time to experiment, or learn a new technique, and could aim to produce a series of enamel test pieces, and/or 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.

Students are encouraged to email bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk after booking the course to let Jane know what they would most like to spend their time on before the beginning of the course, in order to gain the most from the course.


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 until 9pm, 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


  • The workshop is equipped with most of the consumables that are needed such as solvents, etching resists and solutions, but students should supply their own silver, or purchase from the College Shop. Most students also bring their own enamels that they are familiar with, but Jane also brings small amounts of a range of enamel colours for which there is a small cover charge if used.

What students need to bring

  • Students should bring with them a sketchbook and colour pencils, and also any source material for ideas that they might have such as drawings and photos. It would be useful to come along with some ideas about ways in which you would like to play with the enamel, what qualities the enamel has that particularly attract you.
  • 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.
  • Small sketch book and crayons or paint
  • A clean large gents handkerchief or tea towel or similar absorbent cloth
  • An apron
  • Something to tie your hair back with, if it is long
  • Shoes that cover your feet (no sandals or flip flops or high heels)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Silver can be purchased from the College Shop which stocks a range of sheet, wire, rod, tube and findings. These will be available in set sizes and lengths suitable for a wide range of projects.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


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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