Enamel – a multi-coloured voyage of discovery with Christine Graf

Enamelling

Ref: SLW12473

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About this course

Work with vitreous enamel, both transparent and opaque, on copper, copper mesh and silver with a focus on colour combination, surface and texture. Learn the technical basics and develop an individual vocabulary and application.

Course Description

On this course, you will work with vitreous enamel, transparent and opaque, on copper, copper mesh and silver, and you will focus on colour combination and interaction, surface and texture. Come ready to have an experimental introduction to enamel, to learn the technical basics, to develop an individual vocabulary and become acquainted with its applications.

As the emphasis is on experimentation, you may end up with lots of test pieces, rather than a finished item.

Timetable

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

Included

  • The course fee includes the cost of materials, shared amongst the group – copper mesh and a small selection of enamels.

What students need to bring

  • Sketchbook ideas, images and/or resource materials of textures and colour combinations
  • Any enamel or metalwork you have designed and made for problem solving
  • Digital camera
  • Any drawing materials
  • Copper and/or silver sheet
  • Enamel, if you have some
  • Small containers to hold enamel
  • Old nylons, if you have them
  • Paint brushes
  • Jewellery and enamel tools, especially fine tweezers
  • Powder free, latex gloves
  • Apron, sensible shoes, i.e. no open toes or high heels
  • Dust mask, if you have one
  • If you have long hair: a hair band or barrette to keep hair out of the way

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 them with your tutor.
  • Drawing materials and paint brushes
  • Copper sheet (1.2 mm) and silver sheet (1mm)
  • Carborundum sticks
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified.

Tutors

Christine Graf

After working for many years as a goldsmith for jewellery designers and running her own studio Christine studied at School of Jewellery in Birmingham where she received an MA in 2007 with distinction.

Accommodation

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

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