Enameling Basics and Beyond

Course Description

About this course

Vitreous Enameling is the process of fusing a thin layer of powdered glass to a metal surface in order to enhance its beauty through color.

In this virtual course students will start their journey at the very beginning of the enameling process and will work through several exercises to build a solid foundation for this beloved metalsmithing technique. If you have sketchbooks full of color this course will allow you to translate those into enamel. Understanding the processes and the "whys" behind techniques will be a major element of this course. Allowing you to finish feeling confident in your own abilities and knowledge.

Class demos will cover how to properly prepare the metal and enamel for the process as well as several application methodologies. This course will focus on working with powder enamels, sifting, wet packing, and using some handmade stencils. Each demonstration will offer participants new information that can then be applied to their own enameling practice.

Opaque and transparent enamels will be used together in this course so participants leave with an understanding of the differences, how to get the most out of each type of enamel, and ways to use them together to achieve color transitions and blending.

For more information about virtual courses, visit our Virtual Course FAQ page. 

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Jennifer Wells

Jennifer Wells is a studio artist and educator, originally from the U.S but currently living and working in Italy. She has completed several artist-in- residencies at: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC and the Jentel Foundation near Banner, WY; and has taught for Universities throughout the U.S and for study abroad programs based in Italy. Currently she serves on the Board of Vita Institute and teaches for Santa Reparata International School of Arts in Florence, Italy. Jennifer also teaches short workshops on various enameling and metalsmithing techniques throughout Europe and the U.S. Her work is in the collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation and the Racine Museum.

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 material (note you will need to cut your own discs if you get sheet):

Enamel (note these are some suggested colors by the instructor): 

  • 2oz x 1010 or 1020 Foundation White (Etsy)
  • 2oz x 1996 Opaque Black (Etsy)
  • 2oz x 1040 Quill White (Etsy)
  • 2oz x 1605 Isle Blue (Etsy)
  • 2oz x 1308 Lichen Green (Etsy)
  • 2oz x 1237 Butter Yellow (Etsy)
  • 2oz x 1705 Petal Pink (Etsy)
  • 2oz x 2020 Clear Flux (Etsy)
  • 2oz x 2830 Orange Red Ruby (Etsy)
  • 2oz x 2530 Water (Etsy)
  • 2oz x 2335 Peacock Green (Etsy)

Hand tools:

  • 1 x wood dapping block - only if cutting your own discs (Rio)
  • 1 x shears - only if cutting your own discs (Rio)
  • 1 x tweezers - with clean tips (Rio)
  • 1 x metal painting spatula / palette knife (Amazon)
  • 1 x sable brush - #1/0
  • 1 x sable brush - #5

Enameling setup:

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard work surface
  • fan and open window - or ventilation system
  • safety glasses 
  • ear protection
  • pencil and notebook - note taking
  • rags/towels
  • distilled water - 1/2 gallon
  • old magazines
  • ajax / bar keeper's friend
  • square / block eraser
  • dust mask - N95 suggested
  • 2oz jars - about 8 empty canisters




Jennifer Wells


November 15 -29, 2021

Weekly on Monday


10:00 AM -12:00 PM


3 weeks

Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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