The Alchemy of Enamel: Transformations in Glass on Metal
October 1 - 6, 2023
Barbara McFadyen · barbaramcfadyen.com
Workshop at a glance
Transform your ideas, drawings, or personal photos into colorful and lustrous enameled surfaces as you explore mark making, painting, and drawing.
- Dry and wet sifting
- Stenciling and sgraffito
- Painting and drawing techniques
- Transparent and opaque vitreous enamel
- Underglaze and overglaze enameling materials
- Watercolor and acrylic enamels
- Gold and silver foils and metallic lusters
- Learning properties and techniques of enameling techniques
- Combining and layering new materials
- Creating a visual sampler of techniques and materials to inform later work
Barbara McFadyen is a metalsmith and enamelist designing jewelry in gold, silver, and enamel for five decades. She received her MFA in metal design from East Carolina University and her BA from Eckerd College. McFayden is nationally recognized through exhibitions with the American Crafts Council, the Smithsonian Institution, SNAG, the Enamelist Society, Romanian Jewelry Week, and 55th Biennial Exhibition in Tokyo. Her award-winning work can be found in the collections of The Enamel Arts Foundation, the Mint Museum, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Art, the Crocker Museum, and Yale University Art Gallery.
In this workshop students will explore sifting, stenciling, and sgraffito in combination with painting and drawing techniques and their many materials. You will discover how surface marks and details can be enhanced by adding ceramic metallic lusters or gold and silver foils to create a shimmering surface. Participants will create each layer of transparent or opaque glass enamel to be kiln fired on copper or silver and then be transformed. Students will leave with a collection of working samples and pieces to later inform their work or to be set as stunning enameled jewelry or wall pieces. Capture your inspirations in enamel with waterslide decals, underglaze pigments and graphite pencils, watercolor or acrylic enamels, and beautiful overglaze China paints. Open to all skill levels.
COURSE FEE: $775 · materials list
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