2023 Workshops


Mark Making with Painted Enamel - Ruth Ball

When: May 22nd and 29th, 2023

We will have TWO separate classes for this workshop. The first class will take place from 9:00-11:00 am eastern time on both days. The second class will take place from 1:00-3:00 om eastern time on both days.

Description: This is a virtual workshop. 

Consider new ways of working with Painted Enamel by using a variety of mark-making and gestural approaches to the enamel surface. This class focuses on the demonstration of techniques on samples to reveal a wide range of effects that can be developed into your own personal style.

Presenting methods ranging from sgraffito, stenciling, painted effects, and an overview of low tech print methods, the sessions give a taste of the exciting possibilities of this under-used medium.

We will cover:

  • Preparation of the enamel base
  • Mixing colors
  • Exploring mark making
  • Firing painted enamel
  • Building up tone
  • Mark making effects
  • Adding foils and wires
  • Over glaze colors
  • Under glaze colors
  • Applying finishing flux


Since graduating from the BA Jewellery Design Course at Middlesex University London in 1987 Ruth has dedicated her practise to the application of colour through vitreous enamels on precious metals. Her creativity spans contemporary jewellery, fine silverware and unique artworks. Observation of colour and light in everyday environments sustains her modern design style. Moreover her art based, painterly approach to enamelling underpins the elegant sense of beauty in her work.

Keen to pass on her knowledge, she was commissioned by publishers A&C Black to write a book about enamel techniques and she is now recognized internationally as being practised in a variety of enamel methods. Today the conception of one off pieces and limited edition ranges are her prime focus. Her coveted enamels, are exhibited nationally and internationally and are available via specialist galleries or directly through her website.