Learn how to translate colour and texture ideas, and the techniques of using fine wires and metal leaf. This course aims to introduce enamelling skills to beginners and to show how colour, texture and coloured ideas can be translated into enamels.
Starting with a series of basic test pieces on copper, simple techniques are covered. You should then progress to working on small silver or copper items, and by the end of the course, you will have produced a small simple item of jewellery.
This is a fine enamelling course and you will cover the washing and grinding of enamels in preparation for wet packing. This allows much more scope for controlled and detailed work. You will also work with fine wires, and gold and silver leaf. The tutor will provide a variety of enamel samples, which should encourage you to experiment.
Those with no experience of enamelling will follow small steps with copper samples. If you have had some experience, then you are encouraged to incorporate some of the other techniques into your samples. You are encouraged to bring examples of your work as a starting point to discuss ideas.
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)
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