Master Class in Enamelling is delivered by Expert Specialist- Ruth Ball

 

Next Enamelling Courses will be held on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th February 2017 Fee= £275 for both days. 

Information about Enamelling Master Classes-                   

The lessons are designed to appeal to jewellers / designer makers / artists that want to explore enamel and learn about the medium.
All are welcome from beginners through to makers who already have experience but want to discover more and develop their portfolio of work. Enamel presents many versatile techniques and the opportunity for individual expression is wide open.
Classes are tailored to maximum of six participants per day.

The main equipment and tools for enamelling will be provided.
However there will be additional materials to purchase as part of the course ( i.e. Silver / precious materials ) and you may wish to have your own set of tools with you. A list of what is on hand and what you will need to bring will be sent on booking.

Below- Examples of work made during the workshops

Sign up for our Specialist Enamelling training courses. To receive more information about our up coming courses, e-mail bespoke925@hotmail.co.uk                      

The classes are designed to appeal to jewellers/designer makers/artists that want to explore enamel and learn about the medium. All are welcome from beginners through to makers who already have experience but want to discover more and develop their portfolio of work. Enamel presents many versatile techniques and the opportunity for individual expression is wide open. Classes are tailored to maximum of six participants per day so book early to avoid disappointment.

The main equipment and tools for enamelling will be provided. 
However there will be additional materials to purchase as part of the course ( i.e. Silver / precious materials ) and you may wish to have your own set of tools with you. A list of what is on hand and what you will need to bring will be sent on booking along with a timetable for the day. 
A full course outline for each session is available on request.

Discount Offers & Concessions 
10% Discount is available on bookings of 3 days or more.
10% Student discount available with valid NUS Card 

For information and booking please email >  ruthball@gmx.com

Read a review from a previous course participant, Kathryn Partington :
http://kathrynpartington.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/indulging-in-new-techniques/

It is well worth a visit and investment to take part in a Masterclasses here. I can highly recommend! I feel inspired and motivated to develop techniques learned further and work with the material/process through experimentation, exploration of surface treatment/finishing and textural qualities.

The workshops I took part in were; Mark-making, Contemporary Cloisonné, Surface treatment and Finishing

A fundamental element of my work revolves around the surface quality whether it is adorned, decorated, embellished, textured, plain, matt/shiny including the consideration of a materials characteristics.

Now I've just got to get myself an enameling kiln to develop and investigate further!



About Ruth http://ruthball.weebly.com/courses.html

Enamelsmith, Ruth Ball gained her BA Hons degree in Jewellery Design from Middlesex University, London. During her studies she achieved top prizes in the Royal Society of Arts Award and The Platinum Competition, more recently she was granted a British Society of Enamellers Bursary to study large scale enamelling in 2009 and achieved Commended in the Goldsmiths Craftmanship and Design Council Awards in 2011.

Experience as a part time lecturer in Further & Higher Education, coupled with years of practice in trade enamelling, has meant that she has accomplished a wide skill base. Keen to pass on her knowledge, she was commissioned by publishers A&C Black to write a book about enamel techniques and she is now recognised internationally as being practised in a variety of enamel methods.  

The extent of her making spans contemporary jewellery, fine silverware and unique artworks for public or private display. Observation of colour and light in everyday environments sustains her modern design style. Moreover her art based, painterly approach to enamelling underpins the elegant sense of beauty in her work.

www.ruthballenameldesign.com

Pick from our tailored courses below- 

Introduction to enamelling on SILVER

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This courses cover the basics and explores the possibilities.

-         Preparation of metals & enamel
-         General workshop profiling basic methods of applying enamel
-         Explore colour combinations
-         Make a range of test pieces to work from for future studies.

> For jewellers / small workers


Introduction to enamelling on COPPER

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This courses cover the basics and explores the possibilities.

-         Preparation of metal & enamel
-         Basic methods of applying enamel > sifting / stencils /    scraffito
-         Explore colour combinations and effects
-         Make a range of test pieces to work from for future studies.

> For panelists / jewellers / small workers


Painted Enamelling

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Enamel painting is rich in history and tradition. Discover of this under used method to generate modern alternatives.

-         Preparing the metal & enamelling the base layer
-         Creative / decorative surface patterns
-         Develop an image / enrich a design
-         Work on silver or copper
> For jewellers / smallworkers


Contemporary Cloisonne

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Work creatively with a traditional technique to inspire your own inventive design.
Avaliable as a one or two day workshop.

-         Preparing metal and base layers
-         Wire bending techniques
-         Applying fine cloisonné wire as a drawing element
-         Building up the design and finishing the surface.
-         Setting* - This is covered on the two day workshop.

> For jewellers / small workers


Champleve Enamelling

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Learn the process of engraving recesses for enamel placement. This method is best combined with textured metal surfaces and transparent enamels for fine jewellery.
-         demonstrations of enagraved stages
-         discussion of tools required
-         application of enamel
-         firing and finishing of final layers
-         as a one-day workshop the session is mostly demonstration orientated
-         two day workshops enable more student have a go / making time.

> For jewellers / small workers


Making Settings for Enamels

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Record and make a range of examples for transforming your enamels into pieces of fine jewellery.  > This is a two / three day workshop for jewellers.

-         Bezel setting
-         Back setting
-         Rivetting
-         Creative solutions

*one day courses are possible for concentrating on selected setting techniques.


Explore Precious Leaf and Foil

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Use fine gold & silver foils / leaf to fire into enamel and discover a range of creative effects. Extra charges will apply for materials.
-         High and low firing techniques
-         Methods of application
-         Make test pieces & develop design ideas.

< For jewellers / small workers / panelists
  


Explore Surface Finishes

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Explore a range of surface finishes to enhance the design options for your work.
This course will cover ;

-         Under firing
-         Standard finishing
-         Matting enamel
-         Experimental Textured surfaces

> For jewellers / panelists / smallworkers


Explore Stencils and Stamps

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Develop your own vocabulary of images to create repeat designs.

-         A wide range of stencils and stamps are available to work with or
-         Make your own stamps / stencils
-         Work in layers to develop images and effects.
-         Test will be made on copper.

> For  jewellers / panelists / smallworkers


Explore Markmaking

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Scratch the surface for the potential of enamel's use in alternative surface effects. Use Scraffito techniques and addtional drawing methods for enrichment and design elements.

-         Experimental approaches
-         Drawn elements explored.
-         Use liquid enamel or dry enamel.
-         Test will be made on copper or steel.

> For jewellers / panelists / smallworkers


Working with Enamels and Oxides on Copper

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Using a limited pallet of opaque white or just flux discover a range of effects.
The course also includes using the techniques of ;

-         Mark making / scraffito
-         Stencil and stamping

> For jewellers / panelists / smallworkers