Traditional enamelling with Naomi Nevill


Ref: SLW11820

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About this course

Learn how to enamel onto copper and silver using transparent enamels. Learning the traditional methods, you will be aiming to finish with a wearable, enamel pendant.

Course Description

This course will be focusing on achieving crystal clear transparent enamels using traditional enamelling techniques. You can best utilise this course if you have some experience in metalwork, goldsmithing or silversmithing, but this isn't a necessity.

Enamelling is a centuries old craft, much of what we are learning has changed very little since the time of Fabergé or earlier; it can be a difficult and fickle material, but getting a foundation of traditional learning can help with all enamelling projects, even if you decide to use other more uncontrolled or modern techniques.

You will first learn how to properly clean and grind enamel, then apply, blend, and finish transparent enamels to a high standard, creating a beautiful refractive crystal-like surface. You will be using vitreous (glass) enamel and firing it in the kiln onto copper testers which are both flat and domed. This will all be working your way towards a silver blank which can be made into a pendant. You will also be shown techniques such as adding decorative foils, and texturing metal for enamel.

At the end of this course, the aim is to enable you to feel confident using the kiln and to be able to implement enamelling, either in future projects, knowing its strengths and weaknesses, or with ready-made metal testers such as the ones provided.


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


  • On this course the tutor will supply some of the materials including including, silver foil, feathers, two silver testers per student, copper testers, vitreous enamel, dust masks, chains for the finished pendant and a few key chain clips.

What students need to bring

  • Notebook and pen

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A selection of general art materials.
  • 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.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Naomi Nevill

After falling in love with enamelling at university, Naomi has been incorporating enamel into her designs and jewellery. Her work is currently being displayed on her website and in the Timothy Hawkins Gallery Hereford and her pieces have been featured in many magazines and books such as Colour and Texture in Jewellery, and The Craft and Design Magazine. 


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

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