Workshop – Altered Surfaces and Sensitive Sifting

Instructor: Jessica Turrell

August 29th to September 2nd at The Crucible

Turrell: Balance 2

Turrell: Balance 2

This workshop will explore in-depth the application of enamel to an altered metal surface. Working mostly with copper, but with the option to also use silver, participants will explore methods for patterning and texturing metal such as etching, drilling, punching or roll-mill printing.  Sensitive sifting techniques will be used to apply delicate layers of enamel so that it interacts with and is altered by the underlying surface. The course will explore how over and under-firing can increase these effects. Students will also experiment with selective application techniques such as stencilling and adhesive mark-making in relation to the altered surface.


Jessica Turrell trained in jewelry and enamel at Central School of Art, London. She lives and works in Bristol, dividing her time between studio practice and teaching.

Jessica’s practice is characterized by a career-long engagement with vitreous enamel. As an undergraduate she was trained in traditional enamelling techniques and these featured in her early work. Over the last 15 years she has moved away from these more conventional techniques and now has a stripped back approach that both subverts the typical material characteristics of enamel whilst exploiting its unique qualities with a particular focus on the tactile.

In 2007 Jessica undertook a postgraduate course at UWE, Bristol, UK. As well as giving time for a more sustained focus on the ideas and concepts that underpin her work the course provided her with technical facilities that allowed her to extend her ongoing research into mark-making through a variety of printmaking processes.

After graduation Jessica was awarded a three-year AHRC funded Fellowship based at the University of the West of England, Bristol, entitled Innovation in Vitreous Enamel Surfaces for Jewellery.