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Surface Level Enameling

July 17 - 22, 2022

Emily Pellini  ·  emilypellini.com

Workshop at a glance

An exploration of enamel surface decoration, texture, and finishing.


  • China painting/overglazes, luster, sugar firing, wet-packing and more


  • Overglazes/underglazes, luster/mica powder, vitreous enamel, copper


  • Knowledge of firing surface decoration layers and finishing techniques
  • Application of luster, overglazes, and underglazes

Artist Bio

Emily Pellini is an Enamelist, Metalsmith, and Illustrator from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA from Millersville University and her MFA from Ball State University. She is currently an enameling and metals instructor for the Delaware Art Museum, the Mainline Art Center, and the Wayne Art Center, among other physical locations throughout the US and online. She was awarded a Juror’s Awards in the 38th and 41st Annual Contemporary Craft in Mesa, AZ. Her belt buckles, “Easy, Breezy, Beautiful: Nervous Girl”, “All Men Are Cremated Equal”, and “Swarming” have received Honorable Mention in the 2020, 2019, and 2016 World Champion Belt Buckle Competitions. Publications include “New Brooches”, which features three brooches from the “Swarming: Brooch Series.” Other publications include “SNAG: JAMS”, a contemporary jewelry survey and publication and “The Art of Fine Enameling” by Karen L. Cohen.
Arrowmont Connections

  • Emily Pellini

Workshop Description

In this workshop, students will be introduced to several surface decoration techniques to create visually interesting imagery, layers of color, and textural surfaces. Through demonstration and exploration, techniques covered include China Painting, luster, and decals, as well as a few finishing applications such as sugar firing. Kiln firing will be the main method of firing all enamel and surface treatments. While samples are encouraged, students will be able to finish a few small pieces or wall hangings. Basic fusing experience requested.

COURSE FEE: $775  ·  materials list

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