2023 Workshops


Dip, Dry, Draw & Fire: Color from White Liquid Enamel by Ken Bova

When: February 9th and 16th, 2023 from 2:30-4:30 pm eastern time.

Description: In this two-part introduction workshop students will experience the possibilities available with white liquid enamel to create colorful and graphic imagery for jewelry and small vessel forms. We will learn how to dip, brush, pour, paint, draw with, and torch fire this versatile form of enamel on copper. We'll cover some tips, tricks, and techniques for achieving multiple colors and patterns using the torch as our "paint" brush. You can look at the materials list here.

Bio: Ken Bova is an associate professor emeritus at East Carolina University where he served as coordinator for the graduate program in Metal Design. While at ECU he received the university's prestigious Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award and served as the School of Art and Design Parliamentarian. Ken holds an MFA from Montana State University and a BFA from Sam Houston State University. He is a Past President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) with work in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, Racine, Mint, Tacoma, Philadelphia, and Georgia Art Museums among others. His work has been published in over 35 books and catalogs and over 40 periodicals including Metalsmith, American Craft, Ornament, and Art Jewelry magazines. His work has been shown nationally and internationally in over 250 exhibitions and over 40 solo shows. He currently resides in southwest Montana with his wife, artist/metalsmith Alison Pack Bova, six cats, and two dogs.

Registration: Registration fees are as follows :
TES Member - $155
Non-member - $215
Student - $80

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Marissa Saneholtz - Torch-Fired Decals and Other Surface Additives

When: January 11th and 18th, 2023 from 2:30-4:30 pm eastern time. If this class fills and there is enough interest we will open a second class on the same days.

Description: In this workshop, students will learn how to work with and apply underglazes, foils, and decals using torch-firing techniques. Variable media will be explored and emphasis will be placed on how to utilize underglazes to create fine lines, properly apply metal foils, and work with a variety of decals compatible with the torch-firing methodology. You can look at the materials list here.

Bio: Marissa Saneholtz makes narrative based jewelry and objects using humor and sarcasm to comment on gender roles in American society. She has been published in several books, including Art Jewelry Today II edited by Jeffery Snyder, Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin, and Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox by Mark Fenn. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be found in multiple collections including the Racine Art Museum, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, CA, The Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts in Little Rock, AR, and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA.