In my last Enameling 1 class, I had a student named Don, a retired carpenter. To say he's a hobbyist is an understatement, as he makes exquisite turned wood boxes, toys, and even rocking chairs! It was really fun to have him in class because not only was he very engaged, he often brought items in for the other students as show-and-tell or additions to the projects we made in class, like wooden bases for the trivets we make in the first project, or beautiful Chinese cloisonné training boxes with step-by-step enamels.
So I know, in the abstract, that copper beads can be enameled, but it's not something I had ever tried to do. I had an idea for a necklace that would involve a copper bead or beads, so I ordered some beautiful textured and openwork copper beads to try out. While the results weren't perfect, I think it's a great first step and I'm looking forward to more experimenting.
I always tell my students in my Enameling classes to make samples. I have a very scientific approach, based in experimentation and careful notation. Want to know what this color really looks like? Make a sample! Want to know if you should fire this color at 1400 or 1600 degrees? Make a sample! Well, I guess I should follow my own advice...
Every so often at The Crucible, we have a themed Open House. April is always my favorite - the Science of Art, because I love learning about the processes that make things happen the way they do. I've always been someone who needs to know the "why" and the "how" before I can feel I've truly understood something.
I've been busy preparing for my re-launch: making jewelry, taking photographs, and working on my branding. One aspect: my website! I'd love to hear what you think. I can't see how everyone will see the site on different browsers and devices, so your feedback is crucial.