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Enameled and Embellished: Enameling for Bookmaking – a workshop with Barbara McFadyen

October 1, 2016 @ 5:14 am PDT

Due to unforeseen factors this workshop has been postponed.

This stimulating four-day workshop which is being held at Silvera Jewelry School in Berkeley, CA, introduces colorful and painterly enamel techniques as a means to enhance and embellish book covers or their pages. Using enamel in this way becomes as an exciting alternative to making wall pieces or wearable work! Personal drawings, inspirations, and designs can translate into beautiful and enduring enameled pieces.  Graphite and underglaze pencils, photo waterslide decals, watercolor enamels and china paints are among the ways that imagery can be rendered. Resulting explorations become unique covers for intimate small-scale accordion and pamphlet stylebooks.

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. She has studied with and been mentored by many of the enamel world’s most celebrated masters. 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 $35 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.


October 1, 2016
5:14 am
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Center for Enamel Art


Silvera Jewelry School
1105 Virginia Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
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