I’ve been working flat out making samples, test tiles and generally getting the studio ready for my new enamelling class! The students are all people who for one reason or another had to drop out of my metalwork classes, missed being creative with jewellery, and are now back for some fun! We’ve all been looking forward to it! My love for enamelling is greater in winter than it is in summer, sitting next to a hot kiln has its own attraction this time of year:) Copper enamelling is the focus of this class, it’s been nearly 4 years since I taught this class with my ‘Gang’ in Melbourne. Great things can come out of working with inexpensive materials and a commitment to experiment. Copper and Opaque enamels are fun, can be very colourful, or muted, the thing is to just play and see what comes out, then plan ahead and use what you’ve done in a more ‘designed’ piece. I love the enamels of Angela Gerhard, Angela’s website was down when writing this, but you can ‘Like’ her page on Facebook and have a look at some of her work there. https://www.facebook.com/angelagerhardjewelry And Christy Klug. http://www.christyklug.com/enamels.html Angela uses more colour, Kristy’s pieces are usually monochrome, both are beautifully made and I can only wish for a chance to go through their stock and pick something out for myself….. one day……. “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride” 🙂 In the meantime I just them inspire myself and my students! Last Tuesday it was mostly learning about enamels, what they are, how they are made and how to safely handle them and the kiln. Copper shapes were cut, and a little bit of enamelling was done. Expecting a lot more this coming week! Basic Sgraffito was on the menu last week, next week we’ll add stencils into the mix. I love working with stencils myself, from very simple to complex, they can add an exciting element to your basic design. I’m looking forward to see what will happen on Tuesday, and I’ll keep you posted!