White enamelling – an in-depth exploration with Jessica Turrell


Ref: SLW11196

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About this course

Explore the potential of white enamel to produce delicate and beautiful textures, patterns and surfaces. Investigate a variety of experimental and traditional enamelling techniques, to create a set of samples and a simple finished piece.

Course Description

This course will give you the chance to explore a number of experimental enamelling techniques using a variety of white enamels. White enamel has an amazing capacity to change, the heat of the kiln and the interaction with the underlying metal can produce an array of beautiful colours. Working only with white will enable you to really understand how to control the sifting and the firing, allowing you to achieve a more refined and interesting surface.

Working mostly with copper, but with the option to also use silver, we will explore a variety of techniques suitable for both jewellery and small scale three-dimensional work, and for wall based artwork. These will include: sifting, stencilling, sgraffito, under and over firing, surface finishes, working over an altered metal surface, and adhesive mark making. We will use both sifting and industrial enamels applied to copper sheet, wire, mesh and foil.

The class will be taught through a series of demonstrations and one to one instruction. 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 and mounting techniques and you will also have the chance to make a simple finished piece.

The tutor 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.

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, 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 course fee includes the cost of some materials shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring reference images of textures and patterns as inspiration. These might be in the form of your own photographs, found images from newspapers and magazines, rubbings of textures, drawings etc.
  • A notebook
  • A pen
  • A camera, if you have one, to record your samples
  • A dust mask and an apron
  • Enclosed toe footwear is essential

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • For any materials you need to purchase from the shop, we suggest you do so during the first morning of your course, after having discussed with your tutor.
  • 0.8mm Copper Sheet
  • 1.0mm copper Sheet
  • Available from tutor:
  • Copper mesh and foil.
  • 0.8mm sterling silver sheet
  • Additional materials can be purchased from the tutor. This charge of not more than £25 should be paid to the tutor before the end of the course, by cash or cheque.


Jessica Turrell

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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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