The delicate art of painting enamels

21st & 22nd September 2013 Enamel painting with Tilly Wilkinson

Learn this traditional technique of enamel painting with Tilly Wlkinson. A former Chair of the Guild of Enamellers and skilled artist and teacher Tilly will introduce you to this beautiful and delicate process, creating detailed and many layered small works of art.

During this 2 day class you will learn how to create your own miniature piece of enamel painting. We will cover how to press form and prepare a suitable base from copper shim, how to apply a suitable enamel layer on which to paint and how to fire it. In addition we will look at techniques for transferring your chosen design onto the fired enamel surface prior to painting. Using finely ground enamel pigments you will be shown how to prepare them for your palette and how to apply them to your prepared base.

Apply now using the contact form (limited places available)

 

Enamel painting is suitable for representing a range of imagery from representational portraits to abstract designs. This class would be most suitable for those who already have a reasonable level of ability in either oil or watercolour painting and some enamelling experience.

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It is £325 for the two days, including some basic materials Рsome extras can be purchased in class.

Images into Enamel

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Here the group are testing some of the screens before they began to enamel.

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It was a very busy weekend and everyone enjoyed it so I am hoping to run similar classes in the future.

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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.

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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!

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A Journal of Passage 1

Hello world!

Welcome to my new website about enamel. I began to enamel in 1999 when, as a complete beginner I joined the Guild of Enamellers, submitted work for assessment and was awarded Associate Craftsman and won the Hans Theilade Award for beginners. It was the beginning of a long adventure and eventually led to a change in career. I now make work to sell as well as teaching enamelling on copper, silver and on silver clay. I also teach art clay silver and metal clay classes and make lamp work glass beads in my beautiful and well equipped studio in Yorkshire. My studio has recently been completely redesigned and refitted in this picture is still waiting for the decorator to repaint the walls.

Studio 1

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This is a cloisonné brooch I made a few years ago together with some of its related sketches.

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These are Plique a jour enamelling where the enamel is suspended in a hole rather than supported on the metal. This is one of the techniques I will teach in a slightly more simple form later in the year.