Drawing in Enamel: Introduction to Cloisonné
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Cloisonné is a particularly beautiful enameling technique where small wire walls that guide bright enamel colors are used to create crisp images and patterns on metal surfaces. The main projects are a pendant project, a sample color tile project, and a final project of choice (this could mean many things: earrings, more pendants, tiles, etc! As the course progresses, students’ understanding of what is possible with cloisonné will grow to help inform what that last project can be!)
Within learning this specific technique, students will learn the basics of sifting enamel for base coats, sawing and filing sheet metal, using the enameling kilns, plier working, cloisonné wire setting, stoning, and finishing enameled surfaces. Like most enamel techniques, cloisonne is slow, steady, super rewarding and satisfying! No prior jewelry & metal smithing knowledge necessary, just some patience and an open mind!
All students are required to fully read the Steel Yard Registration & Enrollment Policies before attending the first class.
SCHOLARSHIPS applications are available for students who may not otherwise be able to enroll in a course. Additionally, standing sliding scale scholarships exist for QT/BIPOC students.