Enamel Techniques with Joan Mac Karell – Champlevé and Basse-Taille Enamelling

27 Feb 2020 - 02 Apr 2020 · 5:30PM - 8:30PM, 7 week course
Silversmithing Workshop
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Designed with more experienced enamellers in mind, this two full-day and four evenings course taught by Joan Mac Karell will introduce makers to Champlevé and Basse-Taille enamelling techniques.

Running over 2 full days (Thursdays 27 February and 2 April 2020, 9.30am - 4.30pm) and 4 consecutive Thursday evenings (Thursdays 5, 12, 19 and 26 March 2020, 5.30pm – 8.30pm), 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. 

The course will cover:

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

With our small class size, you will be able to spend 1:1 time with your tutor, allowing you to receive tailored advice to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the enamelling process.  

What do I need to bring with me?

 First Induction day (Thursday 27 February 2020): 

  • 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. 
  • Protective clothing or clothing you do not mind getting dirty e.g. apron, and closed toe shoes.

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 once on the course. The Goldsmiths’ Centre will provide you with these until you have your own.

  • Mushroom handles (Short as 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, files etc

You will be provided with: 

  • Copper and a piece of sterling silver sheet, enamels and 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 have a good understanding of working with vitreous enamel. This course is not suitable for beginners.

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.