Enamelling is a wonderful craft. It is also one of the more unique things to learn in this day and age of craft experiences. Vitreous enamelling is the art of fusing glass to metal at high temperatures, using a kiln. In a one day class (approx 5 hours) you will learn the basics of enamelling, including equipment, materials and then counter-enamelling. I will then go on to teach you several techniques such as sifting, wet packing, applying media.
It is great for jewellery makers and art lovers as you can create unique art to wear or hang on the wall. Just look at some of the masterpieces at the V&A to see how compelling this artform is.
If you've been to a class before or would like to build on existing skills I can also teach additional techniques such as as wire work and cloisonné, swirling and grisaille, or even firing onto fine silver.
My garden workshop takes up to three students. Colchester is about an hour from London by car or train, so perfectly situated for a day class from various areas of the country. Some students choose to stay nearby, perhaps tailoring the class by adding an additional day here.
Please note these prices include materials.
Classes are tailored to suit so contact me to book for your individual requirements including dates, if those shown are not suitable.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All basic materials to enamel (glass, copper, decoration materials: glass beads, silver leaf etc) around 3 pieces will be made during a session. Tea, coffee and biscuits (if my children haven't eaten them all!)
5 hours (flexible times to suit)
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We had a brilliant day with Toni yesterday and learnt so much. I felt very inspired by Toni and will be participating in more classes in the future. The day was very relaxed with no pressure to come up with something amazing, just the time and space to play around and have fun whilst learning. This class is a good introduction to the endless possibilities that enamelling presents. Thank you Toni x
We had heard great comments about the courses that Toni delivers and we were not disappointed with the outcome of the three and a half hours spent with her. Lucy - our daughter (and fifteen school friends) were guided through the entire process from initial design, colour selection, choice of gems and firing. At the end of the enamelling session all 16 eleven year olds had created a unique ‘memory’ to treasure when moving up to secondary school. I have to confess that myself and another adult could not resist joining in and are both delighted with our end results. Toni - we will definitely be coming back!
It was great to find a course locally on enamelling. I have learnt enough to give me the confidence to explore this process fully. I enjoyed the 5 hours I had with Toni, it was nice to meet her. Toni delivers the lesson very thoroughly and clearly. I am very proud of my two pieces that I made on the day.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and came home with three lovely necklaces for family members.
Had a great one to one class with Toni on Tuesday 27th November. She is very knowledgeable and I learnt a lot. I was even able to salvage my very first firing which I thought was ruined. I would highly recommend a class with Toni in her home studio.
Response from CG Crafts:Thanks Helen, it was lovely to meet you and help you with your journey along your creative degree.
Toni is an excellent teacher and really welcoming, my friend and I did the beginners enamelling course and had lots of fun! We made 4 pieces each using the different techniques Toni taught us, and we are really pleased with the results! I will definitely be booking another course and would highly recommend to others :)
Really great day with Toni, trying and learning new crafts is great. Toni is great tutor, and hopefully will be returning to do another craft with her, a really laid back day.
I've just completed the Cloisonne day, really fab day. I came away with to necklaces \i'm really happy with.
Toni is very knowledgeable and answered all my questions , the day was really well structured and i hope to do more courses in the future.
Had an excellent day with Toni on the Enamelling Improvers course. Toni is very knowledgeable and an excellent teacher and ensures you enjoy yourself. I came away with some lovely pieces and ideas for more.
I really enjoyed this! At work I have to follow rules & regs and meet lots of deadlines, so it was great to do something so completely different. I haven't done anything arty since I was chucked off the O level course nearly 40 years ago, but I still managed to make myself a necklace and a pair of earrings. Toni was really knowledgeable and good company: I'd recommend this to anyone.
I booked this enamelling class for me and my friend Renata as a birthday present . We had a wonderful day with Toni. She is very friendly and very good teacher. She told us lots of useful information about metal clay and enamelling and gave us some good tips . Radka
An excellent course. I came away with several unique pieces of work which I really enjoyed making. Toni was very informative and I came away feeling confident that I could achieve good results.
A very enjoyable day! great value for money. Toni demonstrated all the steps then was on hand for help. There was lots of opportunity to be creative. Toni was very friendly and knowledgeable and able to answer all my questions. I went home with several pieces I was proud to wear.
I will definitely be doing more courses with Toni
The venue was also great, and the food superb!!
Had a brilliant day in Harwich - Toni had endless patience, a thorough knowledge of her subject and showed us the basics of enamelling, with an obvious love of the subject and the joy of sharing information. We had a fun day - lovely venue - and came away with finished pieces which are wearable! Would be very happy to learn from Toni again!
I spent 2 days with Toni enamelling and what a joy they were !!!
Toni has a real interest in enamelling and that shows with her knowledge and understanding. No matter what question I asked, she had the answer. In fact, as I was looking to do something a little different to her usual teaching, she made sure she had the knowledge to share before I arrived.
Thanks Toni, look forward to seeing you soon !!!
Toni is an excellent instructor with lots of patience! I enjoyed the class and the opportunity to meet others who are interested in crafts. I live in Florida, and I am already thinking about another trip to the UK so I can improve on my craft skills under the guidance of Toni.
Thank you an absorbing and interesting day enamelling in your mini summer course. It was not the first course I have done with you Toni and I doubt it will be the last. Shame you no longer do classes near to Chelmsford but that's how things go I'm afraid. I always come away thinking of things I could have done better! It would be interesting to do some combined silver and enamelling one time. Or maybe I will come and do some glass beads for a change. Thanks for a good day.
I had a great day, as part of Toni's mini summer school. Toni is an excellent teacher & I loved trying different techniques on copper. When things didn't go the way I'd hoped, she was able to suggest ways to 'save' my work & make it look good. So, I finished with 3 nice pieces, that I can turn into jewellery & had fun doing it. I'd love to come back & try silver clay enamelling sometime.
I attended a one to one session with Toni exploring enamelling techniques for the first time. Toni was happy to accommodate things that I wanted to try and was very calm and patient with explanations and demonstrations. Toni's knowledge of enamelling is extensive and she is happy to share that knowledge in order to help you go away and carry on with the craft yourself.
A very enjoyable day.
I attended an enamelling course in March 2015 with Toni.
It was a great day, as an absolute beginner I left really happy with being able to try out several techniques and left very proudly with my 3 pieces from the day.
Toni was a great teacher, informative, easy going and I really felt like I gained a lot. I can't wait to get started at home now!!
Thanks again Toni!
I did the beginners enamelling course with Toni, a really interesting & enjoyable day. Toni is a relaxed & friendly teacher & explained the different techniques we could use. Basic enamelling, wet packing, swirling, sliver leaf among others. We started with a simple blank and progressed to more complex shapes. Toni has a wide range of blanks, enamels, frit, glass rod & silver leaf to chose from so you can really use your imagination & creativity on your own designs, and with Toni’s support & knowledge we made 3 pieces. This doesn't have to be jewellery (although the intense enamel colours make that very effective) Toni had plenty of animal / bird blanks as well.
I really enjoyed the day & intend to go back for the improvers course. I also learned that Toni does flame work and hope to do that as well.
Friendly, informative, enjoyable & you take home something you’ve made. Thoroughly recommended!!
I tried enamelling on silver clay as it combines two of my favourite things. The course was all I hoped for and more! I picked up useful techniques and came away with a little clutch of lovely items I will enjoy using. My earrings are divine, silver with a subtle hint of purply colour. Will definitely book another course at some point!
Very relaxed and friendly. Toni was helpful and gave clear instructions, we had a great day and it is a really good way to get a introduction to enamelling. Try it! Toni is a inspiring teacher and very easy to talk to.
We had a great day, learning how to enamel on copper. Toni explained all the steps very clearly & the reasons behind what we needed to do (& safety precautions). We used opaque & transparent enamels, beads, frit, silver foil & stencils, plus different techniques .. I had a go at 'swirling' a pattern in the kiln. We made 3 pieces each, which we loved & got a lot of helpful hints, etc. to take home. I would love to do another course with Toni ... well worth the long drive there & back!
I am a very crafty person and love mosaics, ceramics and many more.
I have just added another craft to my repertoire.
Toni's enamelling for beginners course is fantastic. I made 3 lovely pieces today that I can now make into necklaces.
Excellent tuition and not at all confusing.
100% recommend you try it.
Thank you Toni, I'm hooked!
I have had a lesson with Toni and found it very worth while.
Toni taught me the basics of enamelling onto copper and I was able to complete three pieces before the end of the lesson.
Toni had lots of materials, enamel powders and decorative items (glass beads etc...) that I was able to choose from.
I would defiantly recommend, it was great value and Toni is a great teacher.
A really great interesting day. I made three pieces of enamelled copper that I can make into jewellry. Toni was a really good teacher, the surroundings were excellent. I can fully recommend this to anyone, you don't have to be artistic to make really good results. First class.