Interested in learning how to combine etching and enameling? Champlevé is a centuries old technique in which carvings or grooves in metal created through processes such as etching, are then filled with vitreous enamel. In this 1-day workshop, students will have their etched pieces (from a previous saltwater etching class or project) and will then learn to “fill” the carved spaces with enamel powder.
Students will learn:
- Cleaning metal for enamel application
- Enamel application for Champlevé (wet packing)
- Kiln use (safety and maintenance)
- Firing of enamels with a focus on timing and technique
Prerequisites: Metals 1, Intro to Metalsmithing, or equivalent and saltwater etching
Class is 6 hours dedicated to saltwater etching the first day, and 6 hours dedicated to Champlevé enameling the second day. Each class session will have a 30-minute break for lunch. We have a mini fridge and microwave, a separate lunch room and a deck with a mountain view where you can relax on your break. We also have Nespresso coffee, tea, and snacks available for purchase.
Tools and Materials:
Tools will be provided. You need to bring your own mask as well as a N95 or KN95 mask to wear when working with powdered enamel. If you do not have one, we have N95 masks for sale for $6 each.
Materials Kit fee (cash, check, or Venmo payable to instructor): $40
The last day to cancel for a full refund is September 12, 2021
About the instructor, Kenzie Nelson