Texture and Color Development on Enamel

Course Description

About this course

This virtual course will begin with diving right into metalsmithing techniques that elevate and work in collaboration with the enameling process, such as stamping methods, dye forming (with and without a press), drilling and burring, and working the metal to create forms which enhance the enamels and are conducive to setting techniques.

The class then shifts gears and begins focusing on enamels to emphasize the texture and form of metal, layering with opaque and transparent colors, as well as incorporating liquid enamel and P-3 to heighten texture. Participants will learn to experiment with grinding through layers of enamel, pencil drawing on enamel, firing alternative materials into the enamel surface, and more! Basic metalworking and enameling experience required.

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Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Jennifer Wells

Jennifer Wells is a studio artist and educator, originally from the U.S but currently living and working in Italy. She has completed several artist-in- residencies at: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC and the Jentel Foundation near Banner, WY; and has taught for Universities throughout the U.S and for study abroad programs based in Italy. Currently she serves on the Board of Vita Institute and teaches for Santa Reparata International School of Arts in Florence, Italy. Jennifer also teaches short workshops on various enameling and metalsmithing techniques throughout Europe and the U.S. Her work is in the collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation and the Racine Museum.

Materials & Tools 

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Enamels (80 mesh opaque and transparent powder form)

Enamels (liquid form):

  • 4oz x white 533 and another color if you like (Thompson)

Enamels (watercolor): 

  • 1 x set or a few colors you enjoy - very long lasting (Thompson)

Enameling tools:

Hand tools:

Metal/raw materials:

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • comet or pumice powder
  • distilled or filtered water
  • safety classes
  • scissors
  • plastic containers with lids - to mix enamel
  • small paint brush
  • popsicle stick, spoon, etc. - to mix enamel
  • #2 pencil
  • eye dropper
  • particulate dust mask - at least an N95
  • old magazines - to work on top
  • paper towels
  • scotch-brite pad




Jennifer Wells


May 17 -21, 2021


10:00 AM -12:00 PM


3 days

Basic and above

No Class Dates

May 18

May 20

Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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