This course will give you the chance to explore a number of experimental enamelling techniques using a variety of white and black 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. Black enamel will act as a contrast. Working with this simple palette 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 on copper sheet and mesh, you 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.
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. Construction and mounting techniques will be discussed and you will also have the chance to make samples for 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.
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.
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.
Our Foundation Degree in Metalwork will enhance your employment prospects, give you the skills to set up as a self-employed craftsperson or allow you to continue to higher education. Encompassing both silversmithing and blacksmithing, you will learn practical skills, material properties, placing your work in a broader context and historic metalworking techniques. Find out more