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 learn how to etch and then take their piece and will then learn to “fill” the carved spaces with enamel powder. Students will leave with a one-of-a-kind pendant that will for sure be a conversation starter!
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
Class duration: 8 hours with 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 KN95 masks for sale for $5 each.
Materials Kit fee (cash, check, or Venmo payable to instructor): $50 which includes metal, etching materials, and enamels.
The last day to cancel for a full refund is March 6, 2022. We will email you 5 days before class with all the details that you need for the start of class.
About the instructor, Kenzie Nelson