Archive for enameled copper

Strange Bedfellows: Combining Champlevé and Decals – a workshop with Marissa Saneholtz

This Workshop is Now Full

For many millennia, people have had the technology to create enameled objects. Many of the terms we use now to describe these ancient techniques have a much more modern origin, but the basic principles are steadfast. Champlevé is a French term that describes enamels that are inlaid into designs made of metal with higher fields and recessed compartments. Over the course of centuries, this particular technique has been perfected by artists and employed to create bold imagery within enameled works. Fast forward to the digital age. Artists are now employing computers and customizing printers with inks that are compatible with glass and can be fired into the surface of enameled objects.

By combining the traditional technique of Champlevé with the technology- based technique of iron based toner decals, students will be able to create highly detailed pieces with many layers of information. The tandem use of these two processes allows for the addition of extra pattern, texture, or even narrative clues to further concept and decorative qualities.
Over the course of a three-day workshop students will have the opportunity to learn how to etch, wet pack, fire, stone, and finish Champlevé pieces as well as create custom decals that will then be applied to the enameled surfaces created. All levels welcome.

Marissa Saneholtz

Marissa Saneholtz makes narrative based jewelry and objects using humor and sarcasm. In 2008, Marissa earned her BFA in 3-dimensional design from Bowling Green State University and her MFA in 2011 in metals and jewelry design from East Carolina University. She has taught at
several institutions including East Carolina University’s Italy Intensives Study Abroad Program in Certaldo, Italy and Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. For two years she worked at J.Cotter Galleries and Studio in Vail, Colorado as gallery manager and assistant studio manager.
Currently, she is currently teaching at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. Saneholtz has been published in several books, including Art Jewelry Today II edited by Jeffery Snyder and Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and
internationally and can be seen on display at in the Dorothy McKenzie Price Permanent Collection at Bowling Green State University as well as at the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI. She is also co-founder of the Smitten Forum, an annual creative gathering of metalsmiths and
makers.

Manly-Man Brooches

Workshop Hours:

Saturday – Monday, 10 AM to 5 PM , with meal breaks

Cost: $475 plus $30 materials fee

Materials List: Provided upon registration or when ready

Registration: Limited to 8

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

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The Alchemy of Copper Oxides – a workshop with Kristina Glick

Register Now – Registration Deadline is June 30

This workshop will explore the dynamic interaction between glass, copper and heat. When layered and fired with understanding and skill it is possibleto harness the oxides inherent in copper to create a entire range of vibrant colors while using only clear and white enamel. This technique is experimental in the way that it relies on oxides present in the copper substrate to provide color rather than relying on pigmented enamel as is the norm in most enameling. It also requires the use of a wider range of firing temperatures and techniques than are used in traditional enameling, as well as strategic thinking about how glass and metal interact in the activating environment of the kiln. Another experimental aspect of the workshop is the use of liquid enamels. While liquid form enamels have become much more  common among artist in the past 20 years, there are still many aspects of the medium that are not fully explored and many enamelists continue to exclusively use traditional jewelry enamels. One of liquid enamel’s unique qualities is how its fine grains allow for very fine line sgraffito which makes it ideally suited for layering. Another is its ability to absorb and interact with copper oxides as well as its suitability for creating striking visual effects when combined with exposed areas of heat patinaed copper. This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels.

Kristina Glick is a metalsmith, enamelist and educator currently living in Northern Indiana.  She is an Associate Professor of Art and Director of the Hershberger Gallery at Goshen College (IN).  She has taught enameling and jewelry making workshops across the country, most recently teaching the 2016 eight week fall concentration at Penland School of Crafts in NC.  Kristina has exhibited extensively and her work has been published in several books including 500 Gemstone Jewels and 500 Enameled Objects.  Kristina earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Goshen College in 1997 and an MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University in 2007.  In addition to enameling, her work often combines found objects and traditional metalworking techniques into pieces that are rich with color, texture, and unexpected details.

Krisitina Glick: Lament for the Perpetual Loss of Permanance

Workshop Hours:

Wednesday – Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM , with meal breaks

Cost: $425 plus $20 materials fee

Materials List: Provided upon registration or when ready

Registration: Limited to 12

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

Lodging, Meals, Transportation:

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

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.