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Enameled and Embellished: China Painting and Book Covers – a workshop with Barbara McFadyen

November 2 @ 10:00 am - November 5 @ 5:00 pm PDT

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In this four-day workshop students will discover the distinctive techniques of Limoges china painting, a fine overglaze enamel that is applied in successive delicate layers on an enamel base coat “canvas”. As an alternative to creating wall pieces or wearable work, participants will develop fresh ideas for the unusual format of small-scale book covers! Daily demonstration and discussions will enhance each student’s exploration with the subtle, versatile qualities of Limoges China painting. Inspired by personal drawings, designs, photographs or surroundings, enameled compositions will be transformed into unique covers for accordion and pamphlet books. General enamel properties, firing, and finishing techniques will be discussed along with introductory styles of book making to achieve one or more finished pieces.

This workshop is ideal for those who wish to add drawing or a more painterly quality to their work. Imagery can range from realistic to interesting abstract designs. China Paint, as a material, allows one to achieve detailed, colorful and expressive patterns or imagery on a glass surface, through many successive thin layers and kiln firings.
Barbara McFadyen  completed her MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University in May, 2017. She received her BA from Eckerd College in Creative Arts, where she majored in Jewelry Design, following with a summer immersion in Japan through Parson’s School of Design at the Tokyo Designer College. Her enameling experience began at Kulicke Starke Academy in NYC, continuing with a number of workshops at Penland, Arrowmont, and Haystack with notable enamelists such as Bill Helwig, Martha Banyas, Jamie Bennett, Mary Chuduk, and Elizabeth Turrell. Through an Enameling for Bookmaking workshop at Penland, she was introduced to the medium of the artist book. Barbara is most passionate about exploring ways to combine her metalwork with this new format, as she finds both jewelry and books fascinating intimate objects, either to be worn or held in the hand.

Barbara McFadyen

Barbara has been a partner in Creative Metalsmiths Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC since 1982, where she recently curated A Sense of Color, an invitational enameling exhibition
featuring artists from ECU. In addition to her own artistic work, Barbara enjoys teaching workshops. Craft schools where she has been invited to teach include John C. Campbell
Folk School, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Peter’s Valley, Kobe Design University in Japan, Pocosin Arts, and the Penland School of Crafts, where she also serves on the Board of Trustees.

Workshop Hours:

Thursday – Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM , with meal breaks

Cost: $495 plus $50 materials fee

Materials List: Provided upon registration or when ready

Registration: Limited to 10

Refund Policy: No refunds unless your workshop position can be filled by another person.

Lodging, Meals, Transportation:

Coming from out of town? Check AirBnB, Priceline, and other discounted online lodging sources, The Center will try help you make your stay comfortable and stress free while you are a workshop participant.

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November 2 @ 10:00 am
November 5 @ 5:00 pm
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Center for Enamel Art


Silvera Jewelry School
Phone: (510) 868 4908 1105 Virginia Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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