Cement Champlevé

Course Description

About this course

Enthralled with color, but don’t have an enameling kiln? In this workshop, students will learn the basics of the traditional enameling technique of champlevé, but instead work with custom pigmented cement to create interesting designs. Students will have access to videos explaining the basics of sawing, filing, and sanding metal as well as get live instruction on how to prepare imagery for champlevé. In addition to providing an introduction to pigmenting and working with cement on a jewelry scale, contemporary artists that work in both champlevé enameling and cement will be discussed. Open to all levels.

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Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Marissa Saneholtz

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 is in the collections of the Dorothy McKenzie Price Permanent Collection at Bowling Green State University, the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI, and the Enamel Arts Foundation, Los Angeles, CA. Currently, she is teaching at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH.

Materials & Tools 

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Metal/raw materials (sheet metal can be copper, brass, nu gold, or sterling): 

  • 3"x3" min. x sheet metal - 18g (Rio Grande)
  • 3"x3" min. x sheet metal - 20g (Rio Grande)
  • 1lb x Rockite cement (Amazon or hardware store)

Mason stains (1oz of as many as you like can be purchased from Georgies): 

  • 6126 Hazelnut Brown
  • 6600 Best Black
  • 6339 Royal Blue
  • 6305 Teal Blue
  • 6363 Sky Blue
  • 6266 Peacock Green
  • 6209 Green
  • 6450 Praseodymium Yellow
  • 6485 Titanium Yellow
  • 6028 Encapsulated Orange
  • 6097 Red
  • 6006 Deep Crimson
  • 6304 Chrome-Tin Violet

Hand tools:

Torch setup:

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard work surface
  • eye protection
  • particulate mask
  • fan / open window or ventilation
  • paper - copy, sketchbook, or graph
  • masking tape
  • packing tape
  • ultra thin sharpie
  • pen/pencil
  • old towel/shop rag
  • scissors
  • scrap wood to drill into
  • rubber cement
  • small containers to store/mix cement - condiment cups work
  • measuring spoons - 1/4tsp, 1/2tsp, 1tbsp
  • water
  • mixing sticks - popsicle, skewers, chosticks
  • toothpicks or straight pins
  • molds - silicone, rubber, or plastic 




Marissa Saneholtz


January 29 -30, 2022


10:00 AM -12:00 PM


2 days

All Levels
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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