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This opportunity will allow me to expand my current enameling skills. While I already work with enamel, I mostly focus on creating small pieces focusing on mark making techniques. I hope this workshop will equip me with the knowledge and skills to focus on 3-D pieces, allowing me to expand my body of work to wall pieces and vessels.
Thank you to Peters Valley and Crafthaus for this great opportunity to study “Enameling in the Round,” with Harlan Butt!
Today was the last day of class. The last day of workshops is always tough for a number of reasons. One, you've had a chance to make all these friends and now you have to part ways with them. Two, you just get rolling with work and start to really conquer things. Three, it's time to go back to the real world. We had a show and tell before lunch today, where we could see what everyone was working on. We discussed what was successful and what wasn't. It's always great to have this conversation at the end of a workshop... a type of closure if you will. What was really great is that in the short time we had, everyone had the chance to make at least one form, some people even had a chance to do two. …Continue
I am pretty much done with my cloisonne bowl, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow for the final pictures of it, because it was cooling when I left the studio this evening. Here, all my wet packing is done (wet packing is when you use the enamel wet and pack it in with a brush or dental tool, etc). Notice, the piece is really bumpy. This is critical for the next step......which is stoning the enamel, essentially making the piece smooth and level. You can see here that most of this leaf is stoned (matte), but there are areas that are still shiny. In order to fix this, I can either grind it down or fill it with enamel and refire. So I filled and…Continue
I can't believe it's already the third day. I'm feeling a little bummed out I'll be leaving so soon, but everyones projects are well on their way! Today most students were working on filling in color and firing on their wires. I made a lot of progress, but when I look at my piece I can't believe I'm wet packing the whole thing. It'll certainly be a learning experience.…Continue
Today was great! It was the second day of our class and everyone was super focused... so focused the class was almost silent for half the day. It's because we're all making awesome work!Like I mentioned yesterday, after breakfast (bacon and french toast, it was so yummy!), I headed over to the road to Thunder Mountain! Thunder Mountain is where the Fine Metals Studio, Photography, Special Topics, and Woodworking studios are located. I was able to get a lot of really beautiful shots of the landscape. To me, taking a workshop is not only about the information in the class, it's the entire experience - the conversations, the landscape, the vibes of the campus. Being somewhere so calm and beautiful creates a wonderful environment to create work. …Continue
I arrived late last night. It sure is dark out here at night compared to the city! I'm staying in Valleybrook, the oldest house on campus. It's neat to be staying somewhere with so much history.The outside of Valleybrook The dinning room in ValleybrookThe living room, or sitting room, in Valleybrook (with a great selection of books!) It's great to have a common space. I was able to meet students who were taking other classes like woodworking and weaving.…Continue
I’m busy rounding up my supplies for “Enameling in the Round,” as it’s only a few days away. I need a fair amount of supplies for this class, not all included below. Here are a few collections of the supplies I'll be using this week:The saw frame is from Greenlion Studios and I've loved it for the almost a year now. The other essentials, clockwise: brass brush, swiss saw blades, cloisonné tweezers.Most of my enameling supplies come from either Enamel Work Supply or Thompson…Continue
My love affair with fine metals started several years ago when I was able to take a Young Artists Workshop at Moore College of Art and Design. After my first jewelry class and I was pretty much hooked. I continued chasing the dream and received my BFA in Studio Art, concentrating in Metals from Rowan University, while studying under Jill Baker Gower. I am grateful that I was able to find my focus, enameling, and really develop a body of work within the few years following my gradation.Nicolette Absil, "Petal Necklace," Sterling silver, copper, enamel, graphite, 24kMost recently, my work has been focused on creating small scale, functional jewelry that incorporates my hand drawn images on enamel. While I enjoy this, I miss working on a larger scale. One of my goals this year was to start creating vessels and…Continue