Metal Arts and Enameling

Introduction to Metalsmithing and Enameling


This four week class explores working with metals in a variety of ways--from small jewelry to sculptural items and builds skills in enameling. Learn to saw, pierce, texturize, form/fold, and rivet metal to create all types of objects. Students learn the basics of copper enameling, which is a process that fuses powdered glass to metal. Students have the option of creating functional objects (jewelry, mini-bowls, buttons, etc) or decorative pieces. Explore different uses for the enameling kiln and a handheld torch.


5:30-7:30pm 4 Tuesdays, April 11- May 2 online registration
10am-12pm 4 Thursdays, April  13-May 4 CLASS NOT AVAILABLE


Cost: $125 + $15 materials fee

Instructor: Elara Coleman


Advanced Enameling Techniques - 

prerequistie: Basic Enameling Class or prior experience

If you're looking to take your enameling to another leve and push design options, this class is for you. We'll explore different techniques each week: stencils and sgraffito, transparent and watercolor enamels, foils, and using form and texture. 

6-9pm 3 Tuesdays, May 9-23 online registration
10am-1pm 3 Thursdays, May 11-25 online registration


Cost: $115 + $12 materials fee

Instructor: Elara Coleman



Enameling Images and Photos in Metal (adults and youth 14+)



Use a favorite photo or image and learn to enamel them onto copper using a unique transer and firing process. We'll also experiment with special watercolors to colorize and add impact. No experience in metals necessary--beginning to advanced are all welcome for this two-part workshop. 

10am-4pm Sunday, June 4 online registration


Cost: $60 + $12 materials fee/ includes all materials and tools.

Instructor: Elara Coleman


Copper Bowls 

Enameling is a process where powdered glass is fused to metal using high heat. It is characterized by brilliant colors and versatility -- from jewelry, to bowls and wall pieces, to large-scale murals. Beginning with a sheet of copper, we'll first form small bowls. Then we'll enamel them in a jewely kiln and a hand-held torch. No prior experience in metals or enameling necessary, but those with metalsmithing experience will have access to all the tools if they choose.

Cost: $45 + $10 materials fee

5:30-8pm Tuesday, May 16 CLASS NOT AVAILABLE


Instructor: Elara Coleman

Cost: $55 + $10 materials fee


About the Artist

Elara Coleman is a local artist who lives in Traverse City with her husband and two kids. She graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy as a Visual Arts major. With a strong passion for Metals she went on to study at the Cleveland Institute of Art where she got her BFA. Now she is a studio jeweler who uses copper, silver and enamel to create simple, nature inspired jewelry.


Bracelets from the Beach

(with beads, stones and beach glass)





Join Kim Bazemore, KKB studio owner and metalsmith, for this special one session workshop! Adults and adult/children combos (10+years) will gain an introduction to wire working, forging, proper measurement, weighting, and aesthetics.  Each person will create one bracelet that combines beach glass, water washed stones, and special beads (feel free to bring a few beads you love).  This class also makes a great Mother's Day gift!

2-5pm Sunday, May 21 CLASS NOT AVAILABLE


Cost: Adults $40, adult/child combo $65; includes all materials

Instructor: Kim Bazemore



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