Using luminous transparent glass enamels, learn the art of cloisonne and champleve enameling on silver. Starting with a "line drawing" in fine silver wire and pierced metal sheet, create a rich color palette by applying and firing the powdered glass in a kiln. The results have a watercolor effect, showing depth, shading and intensity. Participants will create two projects giving a comprehensive study of these two enamel techniques. Skills in cutting and shaping metal, properties and uses of enamels, and design approaches round out the curriculum.
Debra Carus is a metalsmith and jeweler in Clackamas, Oregon. Her passion is creating storied art jewelry that reflects her love of nature and her Norwegian roots. Debra is a full-time studio artist and metals instructor, teaching students of all skill levels throughout the northwest.
• Sketch pad and paper
• Colored pencil set
• Small metal files
• Eye magnification
• Fine line Sharpie marker
• Clean rag or apron
• All silver sheet metal and wire
• Glass enamels
• Tools and equipment (torch, kiln, hand tools)
• Miscellaneous enamel supplies (cups, brushes, glues, kiln supports)