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Colour & Texture in Enamel

In this workshop we will begin with metalworking techniques that work in collaboration with enameling, such as stamping textures, dye forming (with and without a press), drilling and working the metal to create forms that enhance the enamels and are conducive to setting. Participants will then work with enamels to emphasize the texture and form of the metal, layering with opaque and transparent colors as well as incorporating liquid enamel and P3 underglaze to enhance the texture in the metal. Students will experiment with grinding through layers of enamel, pencil drawing, watercolor enamels, and firing alternative materials into the enamel surface. Please note that basic metalworking and enameling skills are required for success in this workshop.

Jennifer Wells is a studio artist and educator originally from the US but currently living in Italy. She holds an MFA, in metalsmithing & jewelry design, and has completed residencies at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Pocosin Arts, and the Jentel Foundation. Jennifer has worked for several US-based Craft Schools, in a variety of roles.

As an educator, Jennifer has taught for and been a visiting artist at universities throughout the US and for study abroad programs based in Italy. She serves on the Board of Vita Institute and teaches workshops on various enameling and metalsmithing techniques throughout Europe and the US. In recent years she has curated multiple international exhibitions focused on jewelry and enameling.

Her works have been featured in multiple publications and are in the collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation, Racine Museum, All Russian Museum of Decorative Arts, Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Yale University Art Gallery, Crocker Art Museum and private collections.

Instagram: @jennwellsstudio

Faculty: Jennifer Wells

Dates: June 12-16, 2023

Tuition: $940

Tuition, room and board: $1819

Lab Fee: $75. Includes enamels, underglaze, stones, glass brush, and super oil

Skill Level: All levels. Some basic fabrication skill in metal are helpful.

Enrollment limited to 10 students

This workshop will explore every layer involved in creating a beautiful and experimental enamel piece.

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