W.W.CarpenterEnamel Foundation

Enamel Foundation

To help perpetuate, preserve and expand the use and art of vitreous enamel. The Foundation’s purpose is to nurture, house and sustain the art of enamel.

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In Memory of Woodrow Wilson Carpenter

Our founder, Woodrow Wilson Carpenter passed from this world on August 1, 2017.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hill,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest.

Thanks and praise, for our days,
‘Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
Neath the sky,
As we go, this we know,
God is nigh.


“Work Hard, Save Your Money.”

Date of Birth

September 11, 1915
Darwin Township, Illinois

Date of Death]

August 1, 2017
Cold Spring, Kentucky

Final Resting Place

Floral Hills Memorial Gardens


Woodrow Carpenter, 101, of Cold Spring, Kentucky passed away at home on August 1, 2017. He was born on September 11, 1915 to the late Ernest and Margaretta Carpenter. He married Irmgard Toberg, who preceded him in death on March 28, 2012.

Woodrow was a WWII veteran who served as Lt. Colonel. His memberships include Highland Country Club and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He was the founder of the Ohio Valley Enamel Guild, the Enamelist Society and the W. W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation and Museum. Woodrow was very active in the University of Illinois Alumni Association and an active member of the American Ceramic Society. He was published in Who’s Who on several occasions and was nominated for the Post Corbett Award for company contributions to support the arts. Woodrow’s proudest achievement was to be the first person to take the lead out of art enamel. He then developed a product line without lead to be used by artists. He was instrumental in keeping the art of enameling alive. In his earlier days, Woodrow manufactured Amaco’s (American Art Clay Company) line of enamel in Frankfort, Indiana.

Woodrow is survived by his loving daughter Gay Caldwell, his step daughter Anita Maehren; grandchildren Guido Maehren, Mark Maehren, Michelle Sandmann, Amy Chieffo, Andrea Essert, Allison Ford and Steven Caldwell; and 11 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Woodrow was preceded in death by his first wife Fay Turner Carpenter and brother Kenneth Carpenter.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial contributions be made to the W. W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation.


Intro to Enameling Workshops

Instructor – Tom Ellis

The Intro to Enameling Workshops are a sampler of many enameling procedures, techniques and materials. We will start with the basics and have you enameling within 15 minutes. You will quickly move on to more advanced procedures and selected techniques on both days.

Saturday’s First Project

Saturday will consist of two projects. These projects will give you a strong grounding in basic enameling. The first project is a 2” dia. copper pendant. Procedures and information include safety considerations; metal preparation considerations; sifting; firing; removing copper oxide after firing; wet inlay enamel application; importance of water content for control and cold scrolling, and vibrating enamel to achieve a smooth surface.

Saturday’s Second Project

The second project is a small copper bowl (2-3/4” dia., by 5/8” high). Procedures include how to apply 80 mesh enamel to to a dimensional surface; apply and fire transparent enamels to their full color potential; pickling to remove oxide; adding a ‘foot’ to the bottom of the bowl which eliminates the need for a trivet when firing the bowl right side up, as well as being a decorative element; making a cloison with copper cloisonné wire, applying and firing the cloisonné wire; cutting silver and gold foil into pallions (small squares and rectangles of foil) applying and firing the pallions to the front of the bowl; wet packing transparent enamels and using opalescent lump to achieve and faux opal look.

Sunday’s First Project

Sunday will consist of two projects that are completely different from Saturday’s projects. The first project is separation technique enamel pendant. Procedures include working with thin copper; learning how to emboss the copper into a dimensional object; how to apply enamel to a dimensional (non-flat) surface; use of holding agent as related to enamel application; applying and firing enamel to both sides in the first firing; firing a ‘direct on copper’ transparent enamel to its most transparent and correct color; understanding copper oxide as it relates to enamel color and firing; how to apply a ‘thin’ coat of enamel and why you would want to; firing only to gloss and why it might be important; how and when to use the smallest Thompson Enamel sifter; how to mix separation powder; how separation works and the importance of line pattern and thickness of application; when to fire hot and long. There will be some time during the day to discuss using a torch for enameling.

Sunday’s Second Project

The second project consists of learning how to transfer any image (anything that can be copied on a copier) and make it permanently fired onto a steel tile; learning about painting on enamel materials: ceramic pigments, water colors, overglaze painting colors, acrylic enamels, enamel marking pens, enamel marking crayons, oils and mediums used, Carefree Lusters; and how to make a needle thin line using oil based overglaze black using a crow quill pen; and also how to fire painting enamel materials.

By the end of each workshop day, you should have a good idea as to what you wish to accomplish with enamel. All tools and materials are supplied. Participants are only expected to bring an open mind, and a pair of eager hands.

Saturday and/or Sunday

Cost: $115.00 per person/per day, which includes all materials

Sign up for one or both days

One day – $115.00
Two days – $230.00

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM both days ( 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM – Lunch )

Class Registration

Pay for classes by credit card. You may also pay by check. If you prefer to use a credit card, please click the “Buy Now” button below. You will be able to use any major credit card. We handle our credit card payments through PayPal so you can rest assured that the transaction is secure and your information is safe.

October 28 & 29, 2017
November 11 & 12, 2017
December 9 & 10, 2017
January 13 & 14, 2018

Stop by to see the museum or attend a workshop!

W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation
645 Colfax Ave.
Bellevue, KY 41073


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