Today I have had a lovely day teaching Denise a little bit about enamelling on copper. She brought with her a small enamelled picture of trees by Harry Nicholson that she had bought some time ago and was intrigued by. She began by learning to sift thin layers of enamel onto small pieces of sheet copper, drawing into the layer of powder before firing it in the kiln at 800 degrees centigrade. Initially she used flux and white, using the copper oxides that form where the lines are drawn through the first layer to create patterns. Having established the basis of patterns she then added coloured enamels on some of her pieces. Denise finished with the largest piece where she allowed the view of the dale looking out through my studio window to inspire her and created this wonderful little landscape panel.
I know she enjoyed her day here and I always enjoy seeing how creative people can be within such a short time. I am sure this will be just the beginning of her adventure with enamel!
On Saturday 27th April 2013 I will be hosting a wonderful workshop – Landscape into Enamel with Tilly Wilkinson here in my studio on the North York Moors.
It will be £150 per person plus cost of copper available to purchase on the day.
Using a range of enamel techniques produce a landscape based wall panel from your own images.
You will incorporate a range of techniques including sifting, scrafitto and stencilling to produce your own personal response to a landscape that you love. You will learn how to prepare, counter enamel and finish your copper. A range of enamels are included in the price. Copper in various sizes will available to purchase on the day.
Tilly is a former Chair of the Guild of Enamellers and an inspiring teacher of this fascinating medium. Email Lynne for more information and to book your place.
Silver Birches, enamel on copper by Tilly Wilkinson
Memories of Scampston, enamel on copper by Tilly Wilkinson
I have had a very busy but extremely enjoyable week. It began with a team of us from the Guild of Enamellers preparing and hanging our exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby.
Myself, Margaret Hopley, Harry Nicholson, Tilly and David Cowling together with the gallery staff spent two days putting up all the work we had received from members around the country.
There is some beautiful work and the exhibition has already received lots of compliments and a few sales. It was opened on Friday evening by the Mayor of Whitby, Mr John Freeman who said that he was impressed by the level of skill demonstrated and by the variety of techniques.
Over the weekend Tilly Wilkinson has been teaching a two day workshop in my studio. This was called Images into Enamel and Tilly began by introducing the group to ways of developing images to make them suitable for screen printing techniques.
Here the group are testing some of the screens before they began to enamel.
It was a very busy weekend and everyone enjoyed it so I am hoping to run similar classes in the future.
After all this activity I was inspired to get out some screens I had from a couple of years ago and mount them up so that I could try them.
And here is the piece I enamelled this afternoon, after Tilly and David had gone – I can now think of lots of ways of using this technique to develop my work in a slightly different direction so thank you to everyone who made this such a successful weekend workshop!
A Journal of Passage 1
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.
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