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In this workshop you will experience working with metal engraving, embossing and chasing and you will play with beautiful enamels to reveal subtlety, beauty and color reflections.
Created in Italy in the 13th century, the basse-taille technique became very popular in Europe throughout the Gothic and the Renaissance eras and has always been a technique used over the years by enamelists.
The basse taille technique (“low cut” in French) is an enameling process in which transparent colors are fired over a textured metal (engraved, chased, and etched). The brilliance of the transparent enamel, when fired at the right temperature, combined with the texture of the metal underneath creates the remarkable effect of apparent differences in depth between enamel and metal.
Where the relief (the engraving, embossing, or chasing) is deeper, the enamel becomes more saturated, bringing a deeper color. Where the relief is more shallow, the layer of enamel is thinner and clearer, where the metal reflects through the enamel, bringing another dimension of brilliance to the piece.
Join Gabrielle for this brilliant workshop and add depth, texture and deep color to your enameling. Sign up today!
Class includes all materials and use of tools. Each student has a bench full of tools to use during class and a kit of materials to make the projects demonstrated.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
If this class is sold out, please email us to be added to the waitlist.
Previous experience with kiln or torch enameling recommended, like successful completion of Enameling 1.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA