Champlevé Enameling class at Silver Peak Studio in Louisville, CO
Etching for Champlevé Enameling
Champlevé Enameled belt buckle
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Champlevé Enameling

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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

Kenzie Nelson Instructor Silver Peak StudioKenzie has been enveloped by art and art making her entire life and loves nothing more than connecting with others through the act of creating. After taking an introduction to metalsmithing class in her first year of college, she became infatuated with the medium. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a concentration in metalsmithing and jewelry making. She loves sharing her passion with others and has teaching experience ranging from K-12 art, museum education classes, as well as collegiate level metalsmithing courses.

Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. in curated and juried exhibitions, most recently in The Feminist Art Museum’s Protest and Protect and the Greater Denton Arts Council’s Materials: Hard and Soft.

Some of Kenzie’s favorite things are colorful eyeshadow, animals, and coffee. Making art is her favorite activity, but she and also enjoys going to flea markets, gardening, and being outside.