About the Course
Explore your creativity in Enamels.
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 glass media. 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/or design choices. They are arranged as required, to take place on Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings. 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 six 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. Two to three is best. Usually the places on a workshop are booked together, as it can be difficult to match up individuals. It’s really great to learn with friends, relatives or colleagues and there are discounts if two or more places are booked.
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.
Book a session for two - £30 each
Book a session for three - £25 each
Book a session for four - £20 each
Individual Tuition - £50
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials and tuition are included.
Tea and coffee are available, however students usually get so absorbed they can tend to forget about refreshments!
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.
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.