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. This course is aimed at enamellers with experience who wish to extend their current practice.

Course Description

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

If you have enamelling experience, this course is an opportunity for you to review and extend your current practice. This course would also suit experienced jewellers wishing to incorporate enamel into their work. If you are more experienced, you may wish to bring a pre-prepared item to be enamelled. You can also use the time to experiment or learn a new technique. You could aim to produce a series of enamel test pieces and/or a simple finished piece of jewellery, such as: earrings, a brooch, a pendant or cufflinks.

Your tutor encourages an informal chat before the course to find out what you would most like to spend your time doing on the course, in order to gain the most from your time spent at the College.

Please email: bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk to arrange this.


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.

What students need to bring

  • You should supply your own silver or purchase it from the College Shop.
  • You are encouraged to bring your own enamels that you are familiar with.
  • Sketch book and colour pencils or paints.
  • Any source material for ideas that you may have, such as: drawings and photos.
  • It would be useful to come along with some ideas about ways in which you would like to work with the enamel and what qualities the enamel has that particularly attract you.
  • Any enamelling tools you may have, including a pestle and mortar.
  • Any jewellery hand tools that you may have that might be useful, such as a piercing saw and blades, engraving tools, etc.
  • A clean large gent’s handkerchief, tea towel or similar absorbent cloth.
  • An apron.

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.
  • Available from tutor:
  • Your tutor will bring a small amount of a range of enamel colours for which there is a small charge, if used. You must pay the tutor directly for these before the end of the course
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toed shoes or sandals. Please tie long hair back.


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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