The CCE visual arts program offers interactive courses for the budding to experienced artists, from classic to modern techniques, in the areas of: photography, drawing, painting, woodwork, steelwork, ceramics, textiles and more.

Fri 12 Apr 2019 - Sun 14 Apr 2019

10:00 - 16:00

3 Sessions
8 spots remaining.

Learn the traditional techniques of Cloisonné and Basse Taille Enamelling. Working with a Fine Silver base, you will texture it to create a Basse Taille foundation for your enamel work. Hammers, letter stamps, punches and such will be used to make your designs. Overlay these textures with Silver Cloisonné wires in patterns that will complement and contrast with the underlying pattern.

Medium to pale transparent enamels will show your textured metal beautifully. Use an accent of an opaque colour in some of your cloisons to create a contrasting design floating on a base of textural delight.

Making one to two items, you will learn metal texturing and preparation; washing, applying, shading transparent enamels; firing and finishing techniques to create a glowing jewel that will be set in simple and attractive ready-made brooch settings. Basic bench skills of sawing and filing are a must.

  • Day 1: An Introduction to the Techniques (using historical and contemporary examples), materials, safety requirements, and equipment. Start preparing designs for your Cloisonné and Basse-Taille enamel. Cut out shapes and texture the metals. Start bending cloisonné wires. First layer of enamel.
  • Day 2: Enamelling
  • Day 3: Enamelling and finishing pieces.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • identify many styles of enamel work
  • know how to use enamel and the kiln safely
  • prepare your cloisonné wires, metal, and enamel for use
  • fire your work safely and competently
  • make a Cloisonné and Basse-Taille piece of enamel
  • understand a variety of ways to set enamel items
  • source enamel supplies and materials

Who should enrol

This course is suitable for beginners and experienced students; as you will design pieces appropriate to your level of expertise. Possibilities; that is the keyword. How exciting!


A list of materials will be provided upon enrolment.