Focusing on the development of personal imagery explore non-traditional approaches to vitreous enamel on copper and pre-enamelled steel. Use simple drawing, printmaking, painting and abrading methods to produce a wide range of enamel effects.
Non-traditional approaches to glass on metal - it is possible to achieve a range of enamel surfaces, from the very subtle to the most sumptuous, using the basic vocabulary of mark-making familiar to visual artists.
The enamel surface will be created by using these mark-making and printing approaches. After each firing, the possibilities of revealing the underlying surface will be explored by subtracting areas of the enamel by abrading or stoning the fired surface. The great advantage of abrading the surface once it is fired is that the true state of the enamel is obvious, stoning allows a slow revealing of underlying line, colour and texture - a form of 'mining' for the hidden, a palimpsest.
The surface can be developed further by additions of the following; decals/transfers, gold or silver foils, textural materials, lustres and onglaze-glaze enamels.
This workshop is suitable for experienced enamellists, jewellers, painters, printmakers and metalsmiths and will encourage an innovative and personal approach.
You will start by using wet-process enamel on pre-enamelled steel and copper and investigate the qualities of mark making approaches suitable for enamel. The aim is to build rich or subtle surfaces using simple covering methods such as pouring, spraying in conjunction with drawing, sgraffito, masking, stencilling, printing and abrading.
These are some of the approaches:
Applications of enamel decals/transfers
A range of textural surfaces will be made by the additions of copper firescale, various metallic oxides, sand and ceramic materials.
Additions of graphite drawing, over-glaze enamels, lustres, silver and gold foils
Discussions on the final presentation of the work
Having initially explored these approaches there will be time to design and develop personal imagery. You are encouraged to bring examples of your work, drawings and any source material you might like to develop during the workshop.
Each technique/approach is demonstrated with a discussion following, so that you are able to carry out the process safely with understanding and by the end of the course have the knowledge and confidence to develop your own imagery in enamel.
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)