Learn the fundamentals of creating jewelry scale copper forms that hold up to the heat required for vitreous enameling. At 1500 degrees F, it’s not IF the solder will flow, but WHEN and being prepared is the key to success. We will begin by searching for inspiration and creating paper models to problem solve and troubleshoot good fabrication foundations, then proceed on to forming techniques, strategic soldering, welding, and some cold connections. Once students have a few experimental forms to work with, we will move on to enamel applications and firings; bringing the forms to life with the dynamics of color.
Skill levels: A basic understanding of beginning jewelry techniques and some enameling experience are required.
Cost $245. A tools and materials list will be sent to enrolled students.
Workshop dates: June 15 – 17, 2018
About the artist: Deborah Lozier is an internationally known metalsmith, jeweler, enamelist, sculptor, and instructor. She is a Senior Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. She has taught countless workshops at institutions ranging from summer art programs in the English countryside to vocational studies at San Quentin State Prison. Receiving her BFA in Crafts from Arizona State University in 1984, Deb began her personal exploration with enamel soon after graduation, using a torch to fire it in her small apartment studio. although labor intensive by nature, Deb’s approach to enameling evokes a sense of relaxed ease. She coaxes the forms and surfaces to reveal their inner beauty, gathering their potential through a sensitive observation of cause and effect. Whether the work is jewelry intended to be worn, or sculptural objects for contemplation, she brings to each piece a suggestion of ritual and past use.