Intro to Enameling for Experienced Metalsmiths

Course Description

About this course

If you are an experienced jeweler or metalsmith and have always wanted to explore the possibility of enameling, but weren't ready to take an intensive course, this workshop is the one you have been waiting for. Kelly will introduce students to both kiln-firing and torch-firing enamels, making this process completely accessible to anyone with a torch in their studio. After learning the basics of creating a solid, well applied color, students will learn ways of incorporating imagry with stencils and sgrafitto techniques, as well as including foils and other materials for visual interest. 

Meet the Instructor

Kelly Conroy

Kelly Jean Conroy graduated with a BFA in Art Education and painting from Syracuse University in 2005 and a MFA in Jewelry Metals from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2013. She has taught metals and enameling at the Worcester Center for Crafts, and Jewelry I and II courses at UMass Dartmouth.  She currently teaches High School Metalsmithing at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury, MA, as well as continuing education courses in Metals at Massachusetts College of Art and various classes at Metalwerx.

She works out of her studio in West Roxbury, MA and her art jewerly pieces focus on life cycles in nature and finding beauty in unique places. Her specialties are enameling, working with natural materials: carving bone, piercing mother of pearl, and casting.  She is included in Showcase 500 Rings by Lark Books, and is represented by Equinox Gallery in San Antonio, TX.  Her website is and her wearable work can be found at  To see Kelly's process, please visit her blog


Materials & Tools 

There is a $40 materials fee for this course, which is payable upon registration and includes copper and and a small amount of fine silver sheet metal for making numerous samples, and use of enamels, silver and gold foils, "wafers" and glass threads for inclusion firings, as well as a plastic sleeve to take keep your samples in for safe keeping.

Students should bring 
  • A sketchbook
  • Ultra fine-tip sharpie marker

Students may also bring, if they would like:

  • Glass beads (seed beads are a good size) to include in fired pieces
  • Extra fine silver if you would like to focus on using this metal. Please note: a small amount of fine silver will be provided in materials kits, but the majority of your samples will be made on copper unless you bring extra silver.



Materials Cost



Kelly Conroy


August 19, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Basic and above
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