Basse Taille Two Ways

Course Description

About this course

This workshop will cover techniques to create textures on metal surface that enhance the appearance of transparent enamels. Whether it is used to increase light reflection or add another layer to your designs, this process offers exciting possibilities that add to the complexity of your enamel pieces.

Demonstrations will cover metal etching, application of roller printed textures using hand-made and laser-cut templates, the use of chasing and engraving tools as a means to create negative spaces on a metal surface, surface treatments, and finishing techniques. This is a hands-on workshop where technical demonstrations will alternate with time to practice and apply new skills.

Onsite reopening will follow all necessary safety policies and state mandates. Please click here to read current and up-to-date information regarding Metalwerx health and safety protocols. 

Meet the Instructor

Barbara Seidenath

Barbara Seidenath was born and raised in Munich, Germany. She studied Jewelry making at the State School for Glass and Jewelry in Neugablonz, Germany where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Goldsmithing, followed by a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.

Seidenath has been on the teaching faculty of the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI for nearly three decades. She also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and has been a faculty member at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has taught many seminars and workshops in the U.S. and abroad and has had her work shown in international solo and group exhibitions.

Seidenath's work has been seen at the American Craft Museum, New York City; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Design Museum of Munich, Germany. In 2002, Marjorie Simon wrote in Metalsmith Magazine "[Seidenath's work] is as delectable as the witch's house was to Hansel and Gretel. Putting it on would be like breaking the frozen surface and seeing the sun burst through again." Click here to read the full article: Bohemian Rhapsody - Importing Barbara Seidenath by Marjorie Simon [Metalsmith Magazine - Summer 2002]

Materials & Tools 

There is a $45 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit covers use of all studio enamels and equipment, copper sheet, multiple sizes of gravers, adjustable graver handle, sawblades, and other miscellaneous items needs for workshop objectives. 

Students should bring 

Metalwerx has enameling tools and equipment, but students may wish to bring their own of the following: 

  • personal enamel tools (clean tweezers, brushes)
  • personal metalsmithing tools (scribe, chasing tools)
  • additional 20g or 22g sheet metal in copper or fine silver



Materials Cost



Barbara Seidenath


July 20 -21, 2021


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


2 days

Intermediate and above
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