What is the course about?
This practical hands-on course will introduce you to the enamelling technique of Cloisonné, and will address the possibilities and challenges of incorporating Cloisonné in your pieces of jewellery. You will be working with a selection of coloured vitreous (glass) enamels. Use transparent and opaque colour, and discover the possibilities of integrating enamelling into you jewellery design and making.
What will we cover?
Students are introduced to the relevant tools, materials and equipment needed for Cloisonné and how to use these safely and creatively. We will start with preparing enamel paste and applying (wet-packing) and firing it onto copper or silver. You will learn how to make your own Cloisonné wires and how use these to create your designs. We will also be looking at work by well-known enamellers and find out how they construct their pieces.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-plan and create a piece of Cloisonné jewellery
-choose the techniques that work best for your design ideas
-produce samples, which will help you to recreate your favourite colours
-plan designs for future projects.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable students who have done some enamelling before and would like to explore Cloisonné. You will be encouraged to experiment with the possibilities Cloisonné offers. It is useful if you have previous metal jewellery making experience, but it is not absolutely necessary as enamel can be combined with a wide range of materials and media. Most important is your enthusiasm for exploring this colourful decorative technique.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through a combination of demonstrations, presentations and hands-on work. Your tutor will spend time with the whole group and with students individually to give you the best support possible. There will be no homework.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs, all enamels and copper will be provided. If you would like to work on silver, please bring a piece of 1mm - 1.2mm thick sterling silver sheet in the size you would like to work on. Please bring pen and paper for note taking.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
- VV434 Colour, print and dye on metal for jewellers
- VV495 Jewellery: etching project.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details