Metals & Enameling


Our metals program has offerings for beginner to advanced. Explore techniques ranging from copper enameling to lost wax casting, and learn the basics of forming and working with metal. We offer both kiln and torch-fired methods and projects range from small jewelry pieces to larger copper bowls.

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Beginning to Intermediate Metals and Enameling

This four-week mixed ability class explores working with metals in a variety of ways--from small jewelry to sculptural items.  Learn to saw, pierce, texturize, form/fold, and rivet metal to create all types of objects. Beginning students learn the basics of copper enameling, which is a process that fuses powdered glass to metal. Intermediate students explore more advanced techniques such as sgraffito, watercolor and transparent enamels. 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 Wednesdays, Sept 27-Oct 18

10am-12pm: 4 Thursdays, Sept 28-Oct 19

Cost: $135 + $15 materials fee

Instructor: Elara Coleman


Image Transfers into Metal

Use a favorite photo, vintage image or original artwork and learn to enamel them onto copper using a tranfser and firing process. Projects can vary from jewelry to wall hangings. 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 workshop.  

Cost: $75 + $12 materials fee/ includes all materials and tools.

Instructor: Elara Coleman

5:30-8:30pm: 2 Wednesdays, Oct 25 & Nov 1


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Salt Bowls with Enameled and Ceramic Spoons

Create a work of art for your table or favorite foodie in your life. Beginning with a sheet of copper, we'll first form small bowls. Then we'll enamel them in a jewelry kiln and a hand-held torch. In the second session, we'll work with a ceramic artist to create unique salt spoons out of clay, then glaze and fire in the kiln. Sample a variety of unique salts and learn a little how these can enhance your cooking.  No prior experience in metals or ceramics necessary, but those with metalsmithing experience will have access to all the tools if they choose.

Cost: $65 + $10 materials fee

5:30-8pm: 2 Wednesdays, Nov 8 & 15

Instructor: Elara Coleman, Clay Maas

Cost: $65 + $10 materials fee