Explore the beauty of fired enamels. Beginners will learn basic
techniques and create simple, attractive bowls while experienced
enamellers will develop more elaborate designs by carving through
layers of enamel to reveal the colours below. Design and technical
advice will be on hand.
Enamelling on copper bowls allows the true beauty of fired enamels to emerge. Handsome results can be achieved by beginners using only very simple procedures, but the potential for discovering amazing effects, achieved with precision and control, is endless. The grains of enamel are held on the sides of the bowls by a fine layer of wallpaper paste, applied with a hand operated spray bottle. Designs and unique enamelling effects are achieved by applying several layers of different enamels, and carving patterns and shapes through the top layer to reveal the colours of the levels below. After several one or two minute firings, a simple enamelled bowl can be produced, but complicated effects might require many firings.
Eighteen different bowl forms, from high sided to saucers, will be available.
Enamelling begins on the first evening. Advanced students are able to start their own projects. Those new to enamelling spend the first evening learning how to apply and fire enamel to bowls. On subsequent evenings formal teaching continues until 5pm, after which the tutor will be in the room but not presenting any new techniques.
Enamelling is a very quick process and students are able to complete many bowls during this course. Beginners to enamelling are shown the basic processes, and there will be sample bowls on display, complete with instructions for achieving the effects, for all levels of difficulty.
Advanced students can work from the samples and their explanatory sheets, whilst beginners are taken through a series of steps to introduce the techniques for enamelling copper bowls.
Because students are working on their own projects, some choosing one technique, some another, the course has no set programme. Whenever a new technique is presented to a particular student, the others will be invited to take part. Students learning from one another is a vital part of 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.
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.
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)
Pat is self-taught in enamelling, discovering her techniques over many years of practice. Teaching at West Dean since the 1970s has widened her scope. Pat's bowls can be seen at Primavera Gallery in Cambridge and she has written many articles about the work of other enamellers and their techniques.