Laser Engraving on Enamel

Course Description

About this course

This workshop will explore the potential of combining laser engraving with enameling on jewelry and small metal objects. Over the course of four days students will learn and apply basic and intermediate enameling techniques on copper. This includes metal prep, basic sifting, basic vocabulary, kiln use, limoges painting, press forming and alternative mark making. No enameling experience is required. After enameling students will mark the enamel using a laser engraver. After the enamel is engraved students will learn basic Limoges painting techniques to create one-of-a kind jewelry compositions.

Demos will be accompanied by handouts and a wide range of samples. Students will leave the course with a strong foundation in enameling and a solid understanding of how laser cutting/engraving can support an art jewelry practice.

Students are not required to have an advanced knowledge of technology, but basic computer skills are a must. Two or three laptops with Adobe illustrator will be available to create files for engraving but having your own laptop with Adobe Illustrator would be helpful.

Meet the Instructor

Arthur Hash

Arthur Hash is an Assistant Professor in the Jewelry and Metalsmithing program at RISD. Before joining the faculty at RISD, he co-founded the Makerbot Innovation Lab for Fine and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz and taught jewelry design and metalsmithing at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He has been awarded two fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA and was named a Searchlight Artist by the American Craft Council in 2007. In 2014 he presented his fifth solo exhibition, Arthur Hash, Wearable Objects, at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery at the University of Mary Washington. His work also appeared in Out of the Box – Trends in Contemporary Jewelry (2013) at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Virginia Beach, VA and Body Language: Contemporary Art Jewelry (2012) at the Wayne Art Center in Philadelphia, PA and is included in a number of private and public collections around the US. He has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. 

Materials & Tools 

There is a $50 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit for this workshop includes copper sheet, sterling silver wire and tubing, steel pin stem wire, as well as various enameling and metalsmithing tools required to complete samples and finished pieces. 

Students should bring 
  • Plain white paper and fine tipped sharpie markers
  • Small fine paint brushes (for limoges painting)
  • One white staedtler brand eraser
  • Magnavisor/head magnifier (Note - Metalwerx has these on hand for students, but if you have one you prefer to use, please bring it)
  • Jewelers saw blades
  • Misc flex shaft abrasives to clean small copper parts

Students are not required to have an advanced knowledge of technology, but basic computer skills are a must. Two or three laptops with Adobe illustrator will be available to create files for engraving but having your own laptop with the illustrator would be helpful.

Tuition

$750.00

Materials Cost

$50.00

Instructor

Arthur Hash

Dates

June 17 -20, 2019

Time

10:00 AM -5:00 PM

Length

4 days

Level 
Intermediate and above
Location 
Metalwerx
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