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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.

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Please Note: Class size is limited, early registration is encouraged.

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.


9:00 AM to 4:30 PM with a lunch break 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM all days.

Materials Fee:

$30 to $60 depending on copper pieces chosen (materials fees paid during workshop)


September 30
October 1


Averill Shepps


The Enamel Center
650 Colfax Ave.
Bellevue, KY 41073
+ Google Map
(859) 291-5901


If you plan to arrive the evening before, we recommend Comfort Suites, (Ph. 859) 291-6700), 420 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY and Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 110 Landmark Drive, Bellevue, KY. Tell them you are visiting Thompson Enamel and you will receive a reduced rate for a standard room. They are located only 4 and 3 blocks respectively from Thompson Enamel.

Workshop Cancellation Policy

We understand that circumstances can arise causing a change in your plans, but we must adhere to a business policy. If too many cancel at the last minute, the Foundation loses money.

If you cannot attend the workshop date you have paid and registered for, you can always switch to another workshop that costs at least equal to or more than the workshop you registered and paid for without penalty. If the workshop you switch to costs more than the workshop you paid for, you will be responsible for the balance. If you switch to a workshop that costs less than the one you paid for, the difference in cost will be subject to the terms below.

If you need to cancel your workshop registration, a $15.00 processing fee will be charged against your refund.

If you cancel 2 months or less prior to a workshop - You will be charged 50% of your workshop payment. Less than 1 month will be charged 75%.

The exception to this policy - is if you can give us documentation of a medical emergency or if the workshop has to be canceled due to extremely hazardous weather conditions in traveling to our location.


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