I have been busy teaching for the past couple of days and doing little bits of work on my own pendant in between.
Yesterday Stephi was working in a corner of the studio, busy enamelling intricately cut out copper shapes and happy to be able to get on with her own work. While she was doing that I had Moira making her first little pieces of cloisonné enamel on silver.
Here they are both working away. Moira had done a little bit of enamelling on copper before but yesterday she did very intricate shapes in fine silver wire before learning to wet lay enamel into them, firing each layer before finally stoning the piece smooth and re-firing it.
This was very successful for a first attempt at cloisonné. To see Stephi’s work you need to pop over to her blog and follow her creative adventures.
Today June has been here doing experiments with enamel on steel and copper. I introduced her to the technique of using wet process enamel to coat both sides of her metal in one firing.
Here she is dipping and tilting her piece to make the liquid enamel settle evenly over the surface of the cleaned metal. She has had a very busy day and hopefully learned a few different techniques for developing her patterns and textures and I look forward to seeing her finished work later in the summer.
I have had a lovely couple of days. It is very rewarding teaching and exploring ideas with other creative people. Tomorrow I will be packing ready to set off to the Guild of Enamellers annual conference, always a highlight of year. I need to finish off my pendant and makes a couple of samples, then sort out and pack my tools and equipment, ready to set off bright and early on Friday morning.