The Craft of Enamelling
Enamelling is an ancient craft, and is the fusion of glass to metal. In my classes I teach enamelling using a table top (high temperature) kiln. We use copper as our metal base; although it is possible to use other metals such as silver, which can be costly and also can cause complications, the melting temperature of silver is very close to the fusing temperature of glass!
In my Beginner’s class, we make around 3 enamelled pieces, using techniques such as sifting (the enamel comes in powdered glass form), wet-packing, and using media such as glass beads, silver contacts, glass threads and wire.
Above left: Enamelling examples
Above right: Beginner’s at a class at East Hanningfield Reservoir (Wildlife Trust). I now teach this at Abberton Reservoir booking details, FSC Flatford Mill book here, Weidman Glass Studio at Barleylands Village, as well as my garden studio in Colchester book here.
In my Improver’s class, we look at techniques such as swirling (once students have developed some confidence using the kiln), sgrafitto, wire inlay (including an introduction to cloisonne) and using silver leaf. I encourage students to work on their own designs, which we discuss and plan how to work on together.
Enamelling project classes – these classes will continue to run at Glass From the Past in 2016, we will run specific days looking at various techniques, or projects in more detail.
Above: Pictures from my Enamelling on Metal Clay Course (which will next be run as part of an Enamelling weekend at FSC Flatford Mill 6 – 8th May 2016 – book here)