Champlevé and Basse-Taille Enamelling Techniques with Joan Mac Karell

02 Jul 2021 - 10 Jul 2021 · 10AM - 4.30PM (2, 3, 9 & 10 July)
£499 (6 places)
Silversmithing Workshop
Event type

Designed with more experienced enamellers in mind, this four day course taught by experienced enameller Joan Mac Karell will introduce makers to Champlevé and Basse-Taille enamelling techniques.

This course builds on previous experience of vitreous enamel and will appeal to those who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of more advanced enamelling processes that can be applied to one off commissions or limited-edition pieces. In this full- day course, learn to create recesses and low relief pattern and apply translucent enamels to your work in order to create intricately textured and subtle effects.

What will I learn?

  • Setting up gravers and or scorpers
  • Preparing the piece for Champlevé / Basse-Taille
  • Cutting and texturing techniques
  • Preparing enamel and metal
  • Wet packing
  • Finishing
  • Problem solving

Our small class size offers you the chance to get group as well as individual guidance and 1:1 time with your tutor, allowing you to receive tailored advice to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the enamelling process.

What equipment do I need to bring with me?

  • Protective clothing or clothing you do not mind getting dirty e.g. apron, and closed toe shoes.
  • Resource material for your personal design ideas.
  • Any scorpers and handles you already have so that their suitability for the course can be assessed.
  • Any enamel pieces of work you have produced to allow the tutor to assess your level of experience.

Tools required for the course:

You will be required to bring with you the tools listed below. Please delay buying these until you have spoken with the tutor on the first day of the course.

The Goldsmiths’ Centre will provide you with these until you have your own.

  • Mushroom handles (Short if possible)
  • Round edge scorper size 4
  • Flat edge scorper size 6, 10
  • Spitstick size 2
  • These are the basics and you may wish to add to them as you learn more.
  • Fine good quality paintbrush 00, 0 or 1
  • Hand tools: scriber, saw frame and blades, needles and hand files etc
  • (Optional) Coloured pencils, drawing materials, sketch book

You will be provided with:

  • Pieces of copper and a piece of sterling silver sheet, enamels and all related materials.

Who is this course designed for?

Intermediate: Some practical experience and basic understanding of the listed skill required

Participants should be comfortable in a workshop environment and able to work independently on basic tasks.

Who is the tutor?

Joan Mac Karell completed her first degree in textiles before retraining at Sir John Cass metalwork department in jewellery and enamel and where she taught as a part-time senior lecturer for many years. She is a founder member of British Society of Enamellers and was a Director of Studio Fusion Gallery for over 22 years. She has work published in numerous books on enamel and jewellery, both in the US and the UK.

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