Whitby Abbey and moths

I have spent the day working on three enamel panels. I had made a sketch and had ideas for these some time ago but needed some free time to work on them.

These images are built up in layers of different colours, firing each layer and allowing it to cool before continuing.

I used a combination of techniques, making a stencil in paper of the outline of the abbey and stippling, painting and wet laying enamels.

It is the first time I have had the big kiln running for ages and it is hot and tiring work lifting these panels in and out. It was an interesting project to work on and I think the next thing I need to do are some paintings of moths and butterflies.

An introduction to cloisonné enamel

Today I have been teaching an introduction to cloisonné enamelling techniques. My student Nicky already has experience in making silver jewellery and bezel setting stones so rather than using pre-made silver blanks I suggested she texture some small pieces of silver sheet to enamel onto. She cut out, annealed, pickled and textured some silver and then learned to apply enamel by the wet packing method.

I showed her how to grind and wash her enamel and she prepared the first of her colours and then I did some more while she made her little shapes in fine silver wire. For one of her pieces she packed the enamel into a deep recess she had made using the rolling mill and then dried and fired it. For the second piece she used fine silver wire flattened into a thin ribbon and shaped it and laid it onto the surface of her silver before wet packing the first coat of enamel around it. For the third piece she attached fine silver round wire shapes to the surface of her piece using Art Clay Silver overlay paste, firing then in the kiln to secure them. She then wet packed her enamels around them and said that this was easier to enamel although the preparation of the silver attaching the wires takes a bit longer. After applying a few coats of enamel and counter enamel she ground the surface smooth, washed and brushed them before giving them a quick final final to get the gloss surface back.

Here are her pieces and you can see she achieved great accuracy and really good transparency of her enamels, showing the textured surfaces of the silver through. She worked very hard during the day but has learned a lot and I am confident that she will enjoy taking this further.

If you would like to learn something about enamelling then make a date during May as quite a few members of the Guild of Enamellers are running workshops to promote the craft. I also have classes listed or you can email me for bookings or more information.

Wet packing enamel onto fine silver jewellery

Today I have made a little video clip of me wet laying enamel onto the surface of a small piece of silver. Here is the piece at the end of the torch firing process. I will now have to work out how to add video clips to my blog so that I can share the whole thing 🙂


New classes, new dates for 2012

I am pleased to be able to announce some more dates and classes for the summer. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to make your own unique piece of jewellery or to learn something about the fascinating craft of enamelling. Enamel is a form of glass and used very finely ground to apply colours and patterns to the surface of metal before firing it at temperatures around 800 degrees centigrade in a small electric kiln. I teach enamelling at introductory and more advanced levels and on either copper or on silver, including on silver clay. Other dates are available by arrangement, please email me with your requirements and preferred dates.

Saturday 5th May 2012 Enamelling £140
Wednesday 9th May 2012 Enamelling on art clay silver £140
Thursday 10th May 2012 Enamelling £140

Saturday 12th May – Make a Keepsake Pendant at the Castle Museum, York (book via Castle Museum)
Monday 28th May 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145
Tuesday 29th May to Friday 1st June 2012 Colour and metal clay £540 (or £140 for individual days) Four days designing and making colourful jewellery including adding patina, coloured pencil, resin and an introduction to enamel
Saturday 2nd June 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145 (places still available)

Saturday 9th June, Sunday 10th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2012 I will be taking part in North Yorkshire Open Studios. I will also be open during the week 11th to 14th June by appointment. During Open Studios I will be demonstrating a variety of techniques during the day, starting at 11am – including making unique silver jewellery using art clay silver.

Friday 22nd June 2012 Enamelling on silver at Artison, Masham book direct with Artison

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**Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th July 2012 Special Two Day Enamelling workshop with Guest Tutor Tilly Wilkinson, teaching Images into Enamel £150 per person for the weekend course – See separate post for more information. This is the first weekend of the Guild of Enamellers Exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby.
**Limited places available – advanced booking essential**

Saturday 14th July 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145

Saturday 21st July 2012 Embellish silver beads with enamel £170
Learn how to add wire patterns to the surface of silver beads and then add enamel, firing them in the electric kiln – to make your own special focal beads. (Handmade lamp-work glass beads will be available to purchase on the day to complete your own special necklace).

Plique a jour enamel in art clay silver with Lynne Glazzard £340
Saturday 28th July and Sunday 29th July 2012, a two day workshop. On the first day you will design and make silver earrings, learning the basic principles of design for plique a jour enamel and firing and finishing them ready for the second day. On day two you will learn to prepare the enamel and to apply it, firing and gradually building up the cells until they are filled. You will then give the pieces a final finish and add the findings ready to wear. The course includes small amounts of three enamel colours, enough to complete the project.

Saturday 11th August 2012 Make silver rings (traditional ring making) £170
Sunday 12th August 2012 Introduction to enamelling on silver £170
Saturday 18th August 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145

Saturday 8th September 2012 Introduction to Art Clay Silver £145




Cloisonné enamel on art clay silver with Lynne Glazzard £350
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2012, a two day workshop. On the first day you will design and make a silver pendant, learning about design for enamel.
On the second day you will prepare and apply wire patterns followed by thin layers of enamel, firing each layer in turn. You will then learn methods for finishing the piece to a high standard. The course includes small amounts of enamel, enough to complete the project.

Glass and art clay silver combination beads with Lynne Glazzard £360
Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November 2012 – two day workshop. On the first day you will learn to apply a variety of art clay silver products to the surface of glass beads before firing and annealing them in the kiln. On day two you will make some art clay silver beads to complement the glass beads before finishing them all to a high standard. Some glass beads are included in the course fee but not the art clay silver. A detailed materials list will be supplied in advance but you will need approximately 20g Art Clay 650; 10g Syringe type, Art Clay Silver Overlay paste

Terms and conditions 50% deposit required to confirm a place, balance payable by cheque or cash 7 days prior to the first day of the class.

7 days notice of cancellation of a booking is required so that we can resell the workshop place.
In the event of cancellation more than 7 days before the class the deposit can be carried over to another mutually convenient date.
Cancellation by the student less than 7 days prior to a workshop will result in forfeit of your deposit and course fee
Each class has a maximum number of places available and a minimum number before it can run. If we have to cancel a workshop we will give as much notice as possible and a place will be offered for an alternative workshop at a future date. Refunds will be given in the event of tutor illness or insufficient numbers booked for a workshop.
We reserve the rights to vary these terms and conditions at any time.

The studio is based in the beautiful village of Glaisdale approximately 12 miles from Whitby on the North Yorkshire Moors.

Beginners Guide to Enamelling

For anyone interested in learning to enamel I can highly recommend this book by Dorothy Cockrell. She is a longstanding member of the Guild of Enamellers and editor of the Guild’s quarterly journal. She writes in a very clear, no-nonsense style and this is a well illustrated book, with plenty of projects to get you started.

I would also recommend you to join the Guild even as a complete beginner, as joining will bring you into contact with such an enthusiastic bunch of people, generously willing to share their knowledge at regional meetings and other Guild events. A number of members run classes, often aimed at beginners and at introductory level. If you would like any further information then either have a look at the Guild website or email me.

May is Enamelling month

During the month of May some members of the Guild of Enamellers will be running classes and workshops. Many of these will be suitable for beginners – now is your time to try this absorbing craft!

For details of my classes go to my website or email

Images into Enamel with Tilly Wilkinson

Coming soon, limited places left – book now

**Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th July 2012
I am very excited to announce a Special Two Day Enamelling workshop with Guest Tutor Tilly Wilkinson here in my studio in Glaisdale. Tilly was formerly an Art and Design teacher but has now been enamelling for quite a number of years. She is a Craftsman of the Guild of Enamellers,
regional representative for the Guild for the Northwest of England and North Wales and the Guild’s Chairman for 2011-12. She works work mainly on copper and silver and design and makes all of her own pieces.

Images into enamel with Tilly Wilkinson

Enamelling on copper and steel using riso screens. Learn how to make your own silk screens to produce a range of images, either from existing illustrations/ photographs or from your own drawings. Produce colourful and beautiful wall panels from these images on either copper or steel. Suitable for those who are new to enamelling or those with some enamelling experience. A range of ready made screens will also be available for you to use. There will be a charge for copper and steel used during the course. The maximum size of copper or steel will be 100mm x 100mm, smaller pieces will be available. Riso screen material will be charged at £3.50 per A4 sheet.


Enamels and equipment are included in the course fee.
The course fee is £150 per person for the weekend. A deposit of £50 will secure your place and booking is essential. To book your place contact Lynne
(Bring a packed lunch)

This is the first weekend of the Guild of Enamellers Exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby so why not make a long weekend or short holiday and enjoy Whitby and the surrounding area as well.