This course will give you the chance to explore in depth the application of enamel to an altered metal surface. Working mostly with copper, but with the option to also use silver, we will explore methods for patterning and texturing the metal such as etching, drilling, punching or roll-mill printing. Then we will use sifting techniques to apply the enamel so that it interacts with and is altered by the underlying surface. We will look at how over-firing and under-firing can increase these effects. We will also experiment with selective application techniques such as stencilling and adhesive mark making in relation to the altered surface.
You will be encouraged to experiment and to develop your skills through the production of a series of samples that relate to your personal aesthetic. We will discuss construction techniques and you will also have the chance to make a simple finished piece of jewellery.
I will bring a selection of samples which will help you to appreciate what is possible with the techniques covered on 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)
Jessica Turrell is a well-established jeweller with over 25
years teaching experience. Her focus is on the use of vitreous
enamel using non-traditional techniques in combination with metal
texturing. Jessica studied at Central Saint Martins and has an MA
in multi-disciplinary printmaking from UWE, Bristol. She exhibits
nationally and internationally.