The fiery and colourful art of vitreous enamelling

Enamelling is the ancient art of applying glass to metal. Oh the possibilities are endless and exciting! This introduction to all things enamelling, initially in pendant and brooch format, try out Cloisonné and Basse-Taille, sifting and stencilling and drawing techniques. Suitable for beginners and experienced students, design pieces based on your level of expertise.

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Barbara Ryman 4 September Monday 10am-4pm 5 $600 Enrol now

Course outline

This 5 day intensive course will provide you with an introduction to all things enamelling. Initially in pendant and brooch format, you will try out Cloisonné and Basse-Taille, Sifting & Stencilling and Drawing techniques.

  • Day 1: An introduction to the Techniques (using historical and contemporary examples), materials, safety requirements and equipment. Start preparing designs and metal for the Cloisonné and Basse-Taille enamel
  • Day 2: Cloisonné continued
  • Day 3: Cloisonné continued + Sifting & Stencilling, Drawing techniques
  • Day 4: Sifting & Stencilling, Drawing techniques
  • Day 5: Completing enamels

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • identify many styles of enamel work
  • use enamel in three different methods
  • know how to use enamel and the kiln safely
  • prepare your cloisonné wires, metal and enamel for use
  • fire your work safely and competently
  • use a variety of finishing techniques
  • understand a variety of ways to set enamel items
  • source enamel supplies and materials

Who should enrol

This course is suitable for beginners and experienced students; as you will design pieces appropriate to your level of expertise. Possibilities; that is the key word. How exciting!


The following tools are available in the workshop, but you are welcome to bring your own tools as well:

  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat snipe nose (pointy) pliers
  • AA tweezers (Stainless steel ones that come to a fine neat point; clean and not covered in solder and flux)
  • Jewellers saw and blades
  • Files for metal – needle and/or larger flat or half round
The following you will need to bring with you:
  • Paintbrushes: 1 x size 0 and 1 x size 000 (you will need the synthetic sable ones, ones that are fairly short in the brush section. Real sable is too soft for our use. You will use the brush as a spatular tool, not as a painting implement). Please get new brushes. Fluffy old ones won’t do!
  • Small scissors – like nail scissors (straight not curved)
  • Small glass jar
  • Small plastic jars or a couple of those clear stackable screw together containers (enough for washing 10 colours; more if possible)
  • Tissues (non-oily or scented)
  • EZILAP diamond file - medium grade is best – find in Bunnings or sometimes in knife/kitchen shops), or diamond files
  • 400, 600, and 800 Wet & Dry paper
  • Plastic ice-cream tub
  • Old bath towel
  • Pencils, pens, tracing paper, drawing paper
  • Note book
  • Spectacles: this sort of fine work can be hard on the eyes so please test out what sort of glasses you will need i.e. your reading glasses focal length is often too long for our needs. We tend to work with our eyes about 30 to 40cms from our work. For example, I find the cheap magnifier spectacles from a chemist and many other places, are fine – just try them out to find the strength that suits you for this closer, detailed work. There are a variety of magnifying devices available.

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