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 07 Sep 2018 - Sun 09 Sep 2018

10:00 - 16:00

3 Sessions
7 spots remaining.

There are many exciting and expressive Contemporary enamelling techniques such as sifting and stencilling, liquid enamels and drawing with P3. These techniques can be used to create images and designs. Working on a copper base, opaque colours are applied to form our ‘canvas’ onto which we apply the different methods of making images.

Within these techniques is a spontaneity and freedom of exploration that can create some very intriguing results. When your work is made into jewellery it becomes a very personal wearable artwork.

We will start with a pendant or brooch sized piece and discuss what else we might work on. Progress will depend on individual skills but ready-made bezels will be available so that you can choose your 2 favourite pieces to make into Jewellery. More experienced jewellers can choose to make their own settings at a later time. Basic bench skills of sawing and filing are a must.

Course outline

This 3-day intensive course will provide you with an introduction to a range of contemporary enamelling techniques such as Sifting & Stencilling, P3 and Drawing techniques.

  • Day 1: An Introduction to the Techniques, materials, safety requirements, and equipment. Start preparing designs and metal for enamelling and use Sifting & Stencilling to enamel the base layers of colour to form our ‘canvas’ for our exploration of techniques.
  • Day 2: Sifting & Stencilling, P3 & Drawing techniques, Liquid enamel, under-firing techniques
  • Day 3: Continuing with contemporary techniques and completing enamels

Learning outcomes

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

  • identify many styles of enamel work
  • use enamel in three different methods
  • know how to use enamel and the kiln safely
  • fire your work safely and competently
  • use a variety of finishing techniques
  • 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 key word. How exciting!


Most materials will be supplied.  Bring along a notebook, pen, protective clothing.