Take your first steps in this fantastic craft in which specially made glass powders are melted and fused to a metal base in a kiln. The enamel powder is transformed into a hard, shiny surface, which can be decorated with further enamels and /or embellished with a variety of other forms of glass such as beads and millefiori. You will be helped to take a simple copper shape, learn to apply enamels, fire your work and make it into your own unique piece of enamelled jewellery (such as a pendant), or a small plaque to take home. A session will last between two to two and a half hours, dependent on numbers and design choices. Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings are the session days. Usual start time is 10am, but there is flexibility to 10.30am or 11am for those travelling some distance.
The workshop is suitable for beginners, or those who have a small amount of experience. No drawing ability is needed. Don’t worry if you want to come along with someone, who you think is much more creative than you, enamelling is for everyone. Anyone can achieve a very satisfying result by the end of the session.
Christine has been teaching enamelling at her studio at Avoncroft Arts Centre, on the outskirts of Bromsgrove for around seven years and has many years experience in the craft.
The studio workshop area is quite small and can accommodate groups of up to a maximum of four students, and two or three works well. The workshops are organised as and when requested to suit an individual or group rather than specific dates being offered in advance. To book please contact me with two or three potential dates for the session and whether you and/or your group need to come on a Saturday, or can manage a weekday. I would check my availability, then we can agree and confirm a date.
Group sessions are usually formed from a number of friends/relatives who wish to learn together. I currently only accept bookings from one person for the one to four places available on a workshop, and it’s really great to learn with friends, relatives or colleagues. I’m sorry if this is awkward for individuals who would like to come to a group workshop, however it can be quite difficult to match up lone students with each other on specific dates.
Watch this space- If there is sufficient interest in matching up individuals I may be able to do this in the future, so please enquire or, check back here from time to time. I would settle a date with one person, then offer the opportunity here for one or more others to respond and join them on that day, if the date suits.
Individual tuition is available and during the session you would be able to complete more than one item, if wished, or try out samples of techniques leading to a finished piece.
Although aimed at adults, in response to requests an accompanied child/or children are welcome to take part in a group session, bearing in mind a minimum age for this workshop of ten/eleven. This is due to the materials used, a need for awareness of the high temperature of the kiln, and other safety issues. Parents should assess suitability for any particular child in this regard and, as a certain level of dexterity is also required.
The prices below include tuition and all materials to make one item of jewellery or one small plaque. If you would like to make a second item there is an additional charge £5.00 each.
Book a session for two - £30 each
Book a session for three - £25 each
Book a session for four - £22.50 each
Individual Tuition - £50 per session
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Tuition and all materials to make one item of jewellery or one small plaque are included. If students wish to make a second item at a group session there will be an additional charge of £5.00 each. At a one to one session, there is no additional charge for a second item.
Tea and coffee are available, however we usually get so absorbed in making that refreshments can tend to be forgotten. If you prefer to bring your own drink in a cup with a lid, please feel free to do so. Drinks need to be covered while working with enamel powders.
If you want to make a day of it, there are local country pubs and restaurants nearby for lunch and the studio is located right next to Avoncroft Museum, which has a tearoom.
Christine at Original Kiln-fired Enamelled Jewellery
The Enamelled Jewellery Studio, Workshop No.1, Avoncroft Arts Centre, Redditch Road, Stoke Heath Bromsgrove Worcestershire B60 4JR
We thoroughly enjoyed the session with Christine. We learnt a lot about enamelling and, with guidance, we made a pendant and a brooch. It was a relaxing, fun morning and we left with our jewellery and a great sense of achievement. Thank you Christine.