Radical Enameling Workshop – Why Paint When You Can Enamel

with instructor Janly Jaggard


November 17-21 at the Richmond Art Center

student work

student work

This workshop is about creating visually successful images that we will call enamel paintings. Techniques will include anything from salt-water etching, use of fire scale, sifting, sgraffitto, stenciling to raku and silk-screening. Most work will be done on copper.  We will be able to produce larger work on pre-coated steel which we will fire at an industrial enameling firm.  How to present finished work will also be part of this workshop.

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Initial drawings would be developed into a planned series of steps to create composition and get started. As the work develops ideas shift and aspects of the work react to the surface and color as they develop. This process is directly related to painting, especially abstraction. Those who paint but do not yet have enameling experience will quickly become enamored with the luscious, luminous palette of enamels. Those who enamel but have not developed aesthetic sensitivity will appreciate the methods of developing awareness.

Janly Jaggard was born, raised and educated in England. She has a BFA equivalent in 3D Studies- Ceramics . In the mid 80’s she was introduced to and studied enameling with noted enamelist, Elizabeth Turrell, for several years prior to immigrating to the USA. She has been enameling ever since. She teaches enameling, drawing and painting at The Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton, VA and is currently studying for an advanced degree in the UK.

Her own work is rooted in the landscape from which she paints small plein air studies that evolve into either oil paintings or enamels. She finds that both mediums inform and influence each other. The luminosity, application methods, giving up work to the kiln, responding to consequence rather than deliberate determination are all outcomes of enameling. Developing surface, palette, composition and drawing all derive from painting.