Enamel Immersion

Instructor: Kate Mess

Supplies/Materials Fee: Paid on a per use basis at the end of the workshop

Enrollment limit: 12

Level: All levels

Discover vitreous enameling, the ancient art of fusing glass to metal, with a contemporary edge! In this workshop, we will take a deep dive into all aspects of enameling. You will learn the basics, including metal preparation, properties of enamel, methods of application, and kiln and torch firing. We will also present a variety of methods of manipulating the tiny granules of glass to create imagery, including sifting, stenciling, sgraffito, texturing the metal surface, drawing with graphite, and more. Basic metalworking skills are helpful, but not necessary. No previous experience in enameling, metalworking, or jewelry making required.

Rusticator No.1 (Necklace by Kate Mess) | Laser-engraved vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver, 3.6” x 2.25”, 2014

Rusticator No.1 (Necklace by Kate Mess) | Laser-engraved vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver, 3.6” x 2.25”, 2014

Kate Mess holds a BFA in Metal and Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and an MFA in Metal from the State University of New York at New Paltz, with a focus in enameling for both degrees. Kate has exhibited in the United States and internationally, notably representing the US in “Talente 2008” in Munich, Germany, exhibiting in “Siamo Qui/We Are Here” in Florence, Italy, “American Enamels” at The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, “Emaux (Enamel) At This Moment” at Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montreal, Quebec, and receiving a juror’s award in “Surfacing,” The Enamelist Society’s juried exhibition. She maintains an active studio practice in Midcoast Maine.