Contemporary enamelling – creating surface, texture and pattern with Jessica Turrell


Ref: SSS10566


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About this course

Explore the application of enamel on altered metal surfaces to create finished jewellery. Working in copper with the option of also using silver, investigate methods of patterning and texturing, including the sifting technique.

Course Description

Explore the application of enamel on altered metal surfaces to create jewellery. Working in copper with the option of also using silver, begin by investigating methods of patterning and texturing. Then use the sifting technique, which enables the enamel to interact and be altered by the underlying surface. You are encouraged to develop your ideas by experimenting and exploring these processes in depth before making finished items of jewellery.

This course will give you the chance to explore in depth the application of vitreous enamel to an altered metal surface. Working mostly with copper, but with the option to also use silver, you will explore methods for patterning and texturing the metal such as etching, drilling, punching or roll-mill printing. Then you will use sifting techniques to apply the enamel so that it interacts with and is altered by the underlying surface. You will also look at how over and under-firing can increase these effects, and 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. Some previous experience of enamelling will be advantageous. We will discuss construction techniques and you will also have the chance to make simple finished pieces of jewellery.

The tutor will bring a selection of samples, which will help you to appreciate what is possible with the techniques covered on the course.

A feature of the Summer School is an immersive learning experience with more time to develop your creativity and embrace further opportunities for creative development beyond your chosen course.

Several early evening creative sessions (5.10pm - 7pm) are planned throughout the week. Extra activities will differ this year in response to social distancing. A detailed timetable for your Summer School week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

• Sign up early evening tutor-led drawing sessions in the garden

• Time to relax or explore in the tranquil West Dean Gardens

• Take a break from your course with some free time on Tuesday afternoon, from 3.30-5pm

• Informal end-of-course group reviews and displays of students' work in studios


Timetable for Summer Schools

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.

Arrival Day

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).

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 should vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of materials shared amongst the group; materials required for the specific project set by the tutor or shared by the group including some enamels. Large work in size and quantity may be charged extra.

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.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • 0.8mm and 1mm copper sheet, silver foil
  • Silver
  • General jewellery materials and tools
  • A good selection of art materials
  • Available from tutor:
  • Enamels – available from the tutor


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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