Learn the essentials of adding color to metalwork through the basic techniques of enameling. Enamel is a powdered glass that is fused to metal by heating it with a torch or kiln, and is one of the most important ways to create color on metal. This course will cover several techniques of enamel application, such as sifting, sgraffito, basse-taille (transparent enamel over low relief), and champlevé (wet packing into channels of metal framework). Students will work with an acetylene torch to heat the enamel, rather than a kiln, to discover the stages of firing for flux and transparent and opaque colors. Kit includes copper sheet, but students are welcome to bring silver and additional enamel colors to class. Some fabrication experience preferred but not required.
All supplies provided! Please wear appropriate clothes for an art studio (dress for mess!). Close-toed shoes are required for wood, metal, stone, or other sculpture classes. Eye and ear protection is provided, but some students prefer to bring their own which you are welcome to do.