Join us for four days with master enamelist Anne Havel as she introduces us to expanded methods of line creation and imagery in torch-fired enamels. We’ll explore sgraffito, graphite, sifting, firescale, acid-etching, painting, and more, and learn how under-firing, maturity firing, and over-firing can be utilized to build and preserve drawings and layers in the final piece. Anne will also help us explore how applying successive layers of liquid, acrylic, and both transparent and opaque powdered enamels enlarges the range of outcomes available to us.
No matter your skill level, there will be opportunities to immerse yourself in new ideas and principles. Beginners will benefit from Anne’s comprehensive overview of torch firing enamels, including torch safety; how to use various torches and tips; determining which gauge metal is best for each situation; and metal preparation, including metal forming to create more stable pieces. More experienced enamelists will explore different approaches to firing based on the size of the piece; methods of combining enamel forms and types for unique outcomes; surface disruption; and various setting options and considerations for jewelry-scale pieces.
This four day workshop is a unique opportunity to learn from one of enameling’s modern masters and is suitable for enamelists of all levels. Beginners taking this workshop will receive all the instruction necessary to safely torch-fire at home, while more experienced enamelists will have the opportunity to add Anne’s methods and techniques to their skill sets. Workshop space is limited to 12 attendees, so all of us will have time to explore new ways of communicating our own vision, if we have one, and to learn from one another in this intimate, small-scale workshop. As usual, we are providing all the tools and materials necessary for the workshop (with the exception of eye protection and dust masks – please see below*) so all you have to do is come have fun!
Workshop Fee: $575
Materials Fee: $75
(taxable and payable at the time of the workshop)
Thursday, June 25 – Sunday, June 28, 2020
9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily
Reserve your spot by paying in full or making a non-refundable deposit now
and paying the remainder by May 15, 2020
(We’ll send you a separate invoice for the balance and you can pay securely online at your convenience!)
Please be sure to read our Terms and Conditions before registering!
*Please bring tinted eye protection and a dust/fume mask (and eye magnification if you need it). A document with links to recommended masks and eye protection will be sent after registration.
All materials are included, but you are welcome to bring small copper shapes (22g to 24g) if you have favorites you’d like to practice with.
ABOUT ANNE HAVEL
Anne is an independent studio artist for 19 years, teaching workshops and exhibiting in juried fine craft shows. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation as well as numerous private collections. Her recent accomplishments include:
- Contemporary Jewelry Design, by Loretta Lam, April 2020, Schiffer publication
- The Art of Fine Enameling, Revisited, by Karen Cohen, November 2019, Globe Pequot Press publication
- Presenter, ECU Symposium January 2020
- Juror, “Surface Matters: Grit or Gloss”, The Enamelist Society traveling exhibition, April 2020
- Juror, Educational Endowment Scholarship, Society of North American Goldsmiths, May 2020
- Small Wonders, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
- The Art of Enamelling/The Enamelling Technique, The Technical Museum in Brno, Brno, Czech Republic
- Contemporary Enamel, traveled to Turkey, Italy, and North Carolina
Anne is the current Treasurer of The Enamelist Society, Pocosin Arts, and Enamel Guild North East, and is Chair of the Educational Endowment Committee, Society of North American Goldsmiths.