Jewellery: Experimental Enamelling

When and Where

22 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019 (24 hours, 4 days)
Days and times
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Morley College London


Full fee
£235 Staged Payments available
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Jessica Turrell
Course code

What you will learn

An introduction to experimental enamelling techniques including the use of sifting and industrial wet process enamels, stencils and sgraffito. Using the theme of mark-making the course will explore the brilliance of colour and the subtleties of surface that enamel can introduce to jewellery. This course does not cover traditional jewellery enamelling techniques such as cloisonné and champlevé. Suitable for all levels. Basic material costs included in the course fee.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Apply and fire both liquid and powder enamels
  • Understand safe handling of enamels and firing techniques
  • Use sgraffito, stencils and simple mark-making techniques
  • Develop an individual style via the medium of enamel
  • Ongoing and intermediate students will make a series of samples that will build on previous experience and allow for the refinement of skills and the development of an individual style via the medium of enamel

Class format and activities

During the first three days there will be a number of demonstrations that will introduce a variety of non-traditional and experimental enamelling techniques. After each demonstration you will have an opportunity to make your own samples using the techniques shown.
There will be an emphasis on sharing knowledge and experience, through discussion, show and tell and group crit. The tutor will work with students one-to-one and in groups.
On the final day you will have the opportunity to develop the techniques you have been shown over the previous three days and to work with enamel in a way that reflects your personal aesthetic.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

No previous experience of enamelling is necessary, but an interest in the use of enamel in your metal work is essential. Or you may have some previous experience and want to develop your practice as an enameller.

What you need to know before you enrol

The jewellery studio is on the 3rd floor of the main building, there is lift access. We do not recomend this course if you are pregnant. Appropriate Health and Safety guidance will be given as each new technique is introduced.

What you will need for your class

It would be helpful to bring:
Any previous enamel work that you wish to discuss
Resource materials on your personal theme
Sketchbooks, notebook, pen and drawing materials
Protective clothing e.g. apron, and closed toe shoes
We will be working on copper and steel both of which will be available in the workshop

What you can do next

The course provides an excellent start to enamelling or a refresher or taster of new techniques. You could continue on to beginner, intermediate or advanced jewellery making classes at Morley College. Jessica Turrell also teaches a weekend course in December on either Cloissonne enamelling or Enamelling with transfers- VJE078A and an Easter week long Enamelling Maserclass- VJE090A