Watercolor Enameling: Easy and Simple

Course Description

About this course

Using watercolor enamels, students will learn how to create images and patterns on opaque enameled copper with step-by-step instructions. The watercolor enamels used in the workshop will allow you to achieve very detailed, colorful, and subtle images and patterns on a glass surface. Techniques include mixing colors, making marks, building up layers, and adding fine details. If you have ever wanted to learn how to add drawing or a painterly quality into your work using watercolor enamels, then this is the workshop for you! Imagery can range from realistic to abstract and can include pencil drawings and watercolor paintings. Some experience with sifting preferred.

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Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Mi-Sook Hur

Mi-Sook Hur is an award-winning enamelist and metalsmith who is a professor at the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University (NC). Her work focuses on the realistic images inspired by nature and she explores the modern studies of Limoges enamels. Most recently, she wrote a chapter about her painterly techniques in The Art of Fine Enameling by Karen Cohen. She has taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Newark Museum, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, EGNE (The Enamel Guild North East), and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Her work is included in the collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation, Racine Art Museum, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sunny & Gloria Kamm, and Arkansas Arts Center, and she has been featured in numerous publications, including most recently as a featuring artist in the current issue of Metalsmith.

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.

Enamels (Thompson brand): ​

Enameling tools:

Metal/raw materials:

  • 5-10 x small copper sheets - 1" to 2" - 18g to 24g (Thompson)

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • 2 x smooth white ceramic tiles or glass tile - approx. 4"x4" 
  • plastic containers with lids - larger than your tiles
  • eye dropper
  • dust mask
  • masking or blue painter's tape
  • old magazines - to work on top
  • paper towels - one roll
  • distilled water and two cups
  • green scrubby pad
  • green IR safety glasses - recommended
  • magnifiers - 2x and 6x - optional




Mi-Sook Hur


August 7 -14, 2021

Weekly on Saturday


1:00 PM -3:00 PM


2 weeks

All Levels
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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