2021 Workshops

Enameling on Steel for Artists - Kat Cole

This is a virtual workshop. This 2-day workshop is an overview of enameling on steel for both small and large-scale work. Despite how common industrially enameled objects are in our everyday life, access to this process had been highly limited to individual makers. When successfully achieved, an enameled steel surface is highly durable and long-lived, suitable for food-safe or outside use. This class provides the opportunity to explore the unique dynamic base material. In addition to the process itself, we will look at personal equipment needs, sourcing materials, outsourcing elements of the fabrication, and the potential for working in an enameling factory setting.

The workshop will cover:

  • The history of enamel on steel and applications both large and small
  • Equipment needs
  • Troubleshooting designs to account for loading into the kiln and warping
  • Best steel alloys for enameling (and sourcing)
  • Using liquid-form enamel (and sourcing)
  • Tinting with oxides
  • Using pre-enameled steel sheet for sample-making
  • Preparing the steel for successful enamel bond
  • Post-firing surface treatments and finishing

This workshops will be held on January 10th and 17th, 2022. BOTH CLASSES ARE NOW FULL. Any additional registrations will be added to a waiting list. Registration fees are $150 for members, $210 for non-members, and $80 for students. Students must be enrolled at a degree granting institution. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 25 PEOPLE.

Click here for the registration form.