Enriching Cloissoné Enameling Techniques

Course Description

About this course

Learn methods to add subtlety, complexity, or gestural quality to your cloisonné designs. In addition to the basics of wire bending and wet packing, we will cover an assortment of techniques for incorporating texture, pattern, and markings into the cloisonné. Texturing base metal, using textured foils, creating a smooth color gradients, inlaying opaque enamels as accents, using underglaze and diamond burs for mark making, and much more will be explored. Several different approaches to finishing cloisonné will be covered.

Playfulness and experimentation will be encouraged as students use these techniques to create a cloisonné piece. Students should leave with one completed piece.

Meet the Instructor

Amy Roper Lyons

Amy Roper Lyons is a studio goldsmith and enamelist.   Lyons creates bold compositions of gold and glass, each unique piece made by hand in her studio. She combines enamel processes like cloisonné, plique a jour, and basse-taille with a broad palette of goldsmithing techniques including forming, carving, chasing, and fabricating. Lyons’ work draws inspiration from a number of sources, including her travels and the natural world. Her current series was sparked by photographs of space taken by the Hubble Telescope. 

Her award-winning work has been published in magazines and books such as 500 Enameled Objects, “Jewelry Artist“, “Ornament“, and “Art Jewelry Magazine”. Lyons’ jewelry is exhibited nationally at museums, galleries and craft shows, recently at the Smithsonian Craft Show. Lyons has taught jewelry and enameling at the New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, the Newark Museum, and teaches workshops at locations nationally. She received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. 

Materials & Tools 

There is a $70 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit fee includes fine silver sheet, fine silver cloisonne wire, fine silver foil, 24k gold foil, patterned brass, lidded cups, use of all Metalwerx enameling supplies, and use of other tools/supplies needed to complete the project. 


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Materials Cost



Amy Roper Lyons


July 13 -17, 2022


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


5 days

Basic and above
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