ABS – Enameling in 3-D
September 30 - October 1| $485
Instructor - Averill Shepps
This class will cover proper sifting techniques that give the enamelist maximum control of a basic method of applying enamel to copper. The techniques that will be taught are especially suited to larger pieces such as bowls and wall pieces, where more area must be covered with an even coat. It is a class for beginners who want a good start as well as for those who have had some experience but want to improve their technique. Students will learn how to sift on almost anything as sifting onto uneven and vertical surfaces, as well as on wire or screen will be addressed. In addition. Students will learn to apply enamel to partially cover a copper surface, fire it, clean it and add another enamel and then finally cover all of the copper. Enameling on both sides and firing them together will be demonstrated.
Students will begin to think differently about how they enamel. They will see the kiln as a tool to use to underfire, fire to maturity, overfire to achieve wanted effects. They will use a brush to apply a solution to bare copper and sift enamel over just the area of the brush stroke, and then dump the excess off, and then firing the piece to preserve the brushed area. This is contrary to the usual way of working in which a flux of opaque color is applied and fired over the entire surface, and then the design is added by working on that surface.
Please Note: Class size is limited, early registration is encouraged.
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9:00 AM to 4:30 PM with a lunch break 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM all days.
$30 to $60 depending on copper pieces chosen (materials fees paid during workshop)