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Evolve your basic enameling practices with this journey into advanced enamel on metal artistry. In this workshop you will advance your knowledge of enameling, but in a painterly fashion to create images. You will be surprised at the endless possibilities enamel can offer when it comes to imagery making and you will be delighted by the freedom it will bring to your art pieces. Using different media we will explore how two-dimensional images can be brought to life using, among other things, watercolor enamel, overglazed enamel, oxides, dry pastel enamel and sifting enamel. We will learn how to incorporate silver and gold foil to create exquisite highlights. Knowledge of basic enameling is necessary to make the most of this course.
Master enamelist Gabrielle Castonguay will show you how to paint with fire in this master class. Use enamels to render abstract and figurative designs in brilliant jewel colors. Gabrielle’s specialty is rendering painterly effects in enamel and she will share her tips and tricks with students:
“My art is searching for remarkable textures, degrees of luster, coloration and oxidization to produce inimitable effects, creating extended contrasts. My creations emerge from universes of colors, transparencies, and opaques, from depth and light. The glass, the metal and the fire, mined from the depths of the earth, inspire me to create pieces where the atmosphere and the imagery reveal traces of art thousands of years old, perfected and sustained in time where our passage on earth reveals a sense of the sacred.” - Gabrielle Castonguay
• Layering opaque and transparent enamels
with multiple kiln firings
• Watercolor enamels
• Over glazed enamels
• Using oxides to effect enamels
• Dry pastel enamels
• Integrating silver and gold foil into enamels
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.
Previous experience with kiln or torch enameling recommended, like Basic Enameling 1.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley CA