Drawing with Depth in Enamel

Course Description

About this course

Working from personal sketches and reference images, learn how to incorporate chiaroscuro drawing techniques into vitreous enamel. This virtual class will allow you to use metal as a dimensional canvas, while pushing what transparent and opaque enamels can do to create depth and luscious surfaces. Starting with copper sheet, demonstrations will be given on metal preparation, enamel sifting, stencils, use of painting oils, underglazes, overglazes, and seed beads. Students should plan to come away with a handful of working samples that can be informative for future works or used for small wearables. Basic enameling skills are preferred.

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Meet the Instructor

Jessica Calderwood

Jessica Calderwood is sculptor and jewelry artist working primarily with the mediums of metal, enamel, and marginalized crafts.  She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from Arizona State University, with an emphasis Metalworking. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally in curated and juried exhibitions. She has participated in artist residencies with the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program, Mesa Arts Center, and  several self-designed residencies with local industry.  Her work has also been published in Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft, NICHE, Ornament, the Lark 500 series, and the Art of Enameling. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Ball State University in Indiana. 

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.

In addition to the tools listed below, the instructor's list of materials that will be used for this course can be found here

Hand tools:

Enameling setup with kiln or torch:




Jessica Calderwood


December 11 -18, 2021

Weekly on Saturday


12:00 PM -2:00 PM


2 weeks

Basic and above
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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